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Lucien Clergue

Lucien Clergue (1934-2014) was a legendary fine art photographer, author, educator, and filmmaker. His work has been associated with significant artists of the 20th century, including Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Roland Barthes, Max Ernst, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Salvador Dali, Jean Renoir, André Kertész, Marcel Breuer, Roman Polanski, and the Gipsy Kings. Lucien Clergue received the French Legion of Honor award in 2003 (only received by two other photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson and André Kertész). In addition, he is the first photographer bestowed with membership in the Académie des Beaux Arts of the Institute of France. In 2013, he was elected president of the French Académie des Beaux-Arts. Clergue's photographs have been exhibited in over 100 solo exhibitions worldwide. Harvard University's Fogg Museum has an extensive collection of Clergue's photographs, as well as Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Clergue has captured extraordinary images of Saltimbanques, nudes, the bullfight, intimate portraits of artists, intellectuals, musicians, and creative individuals. His photographic artistry extended to experimental and visionary images of deserts, cities, and integrating master paintings with the human form. In addition to photography, Clergue has created and directed numerous art related films, including Picasso, War, Love and Peace and co-founded, along with Michel Tournier, the annual Les Rencontres d'Arles Photographie, the internationally recognized photography festival in Arles, France.