Edouard Boubat, France’s most famous romantic photographer, was born in Paris on September 13, 1923. He grew up on the Rue Cyrano-de-Bergerac, Montmartre. As the son of an army chef, he heard many tales of the Great War, in which his father served as a cook on the front lines and was wounded three times.
In 1938, Boubat attended the Ecole Estienne, where he studied to become a photo-engraver, but in 1943, he was called up to serve two years of compulsory labour in a factory in Leipzig, Germany. Upon his return to Paris in 1946, Boubat sold his six-volume dictionary to fund the purchase of his first camera, a 6×6 Rolleicord.
Boubat’s lyrical and poetic images embraced his attraction to the beauty of life. His work is rich with tenderness and emotion, offering glimpses of elegance and style. He was “one of France’s most celebrated postwar photographers,” wrote the New York Times.