René-Jacques  (French, 1908-2003) 


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René-Jacques, Place Vendome


Place Vendome
circa 1940

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René-Jacques, Sans titre, 1950  (Escaliers)


Sans titre, 1950 (Escaliers)
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René-Jacques, Belleville - Ménilmontant, hauteur de la rue Piat, Couronnes


Belleville - Ménilmontant, hauteur de la rue Piat, Couronnes, 1945-1946
gelatin silver print


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René-Jacques, Un coup de dés, jamais


Un coup de dés, jamais, 1930
gelatin silver print


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René-Jacques, Crime passionnel


Crime passionnel, 1950
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1908   René Giton born 29th May, 1908 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
1917   Returns to France and studies at the College de Royan
1924   Moves to Paris. Studies at the Lycee Buffon
1925   First photographs taken with his father’s Stéréo-Spido Gaumont
1928   Publication of a poem in the journal La Pagaille, and in the journal Poésie under the name René Donain
1930   Having completed military service and law studies, he decides to become a photographer
1931   His first photograph is published in the magazine Plans directed by Philippe Lamour
1932   Adopts the name René-Jacques. He diversifies undertaking portraits, reportage and photographing on film sets. Meets André Vigneau.
1939   Photographs on the sets of the films Jeunes Filles en détresse by Pabst and Remorques by Jean Grémillon staring Jean Gabin and Michèle Morgan. Meets Marcel Carne and Eisenstein
1940   Called up to active duty in August, 1939 and takes part in the Battle of Ardennes and the Battle of the Somme before being sent southern France and then to Paris
1941   Becomes a member of the group Rectangle
1946   Becomes a member of the Groupe des XV.
1951   The beginning of a 20 year collaboration with Aux Trois Quartiers. Reportage for Renault. Work appears in L’Automobile de France, Harper’s Bazaar and Fortune.
1962   Silver medal awarded by the town of Bordeaux.
1982   Donates part of his work on Paris to the Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris.
1990   Donates his archive to the state. Becomes a chevalier de le Légion d’honneur.
1991   Retrospective at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris
1984   Retrospective at the Fondation Nationale de la Photographie, Lyon
1958   Gallery Montalembert, Paris.
1942   Exhibition of photographs of sculptures by Auguste Rodin at the Gallery Paul Magné.
1937   M.O.M.A, New York, (exhibition organized by Beaumot Newhall)
1937   Gallery Paul Magné, Paris.
1934   First exhibition at Studio 28. Meets Daniel Masclet