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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Laure Albin-Guillot

Born: Laure Meffredi 
Dates:  1879 - 1962, 22 February
Born:  France, Paris
Died:  France, Nogent-sur-Marne
Active:  France
French woman photographer with a varied portfolio. She photographed microscope specimens examining plant and animal cell structure and 20 of these were included in her work ‘Micrographie Décorative‘. She also took nudes and portraits of notable French literary figures including André Gide, Jean Cocteau and Paul Valery.

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Approved biography for Laure Albin-Guillot
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)

Albin-Guillot became interested in photography shortly after marrying in 1901 and spent the next thirty years working with her husband in microphotography. They gathered and photographed crystals, plant cells, and animal organisms. In 1931, she published the limited-edition book Micrographie Décorative, with 24 photogravures, as a tribute to her recently deceased husband.
She was central to photographic circles in Paris during the 1920s, at which time she began sending her personal work to photographic salons. Between 1924 and 1937, she exhibited her soft-focus portraits and nudes (both male and female) primarily in Paris, but also in Prague, Barcelona, London, and New York. Her images appeared regularly in Vu, Arts et Métuers Graphiques, and other French periodicals. Among the books she illustrated were Henry de Montherlant’s La Deesse Cypris (1932), Paul Valery’s Le Narcisse (1936), and Pierre Lou˙s’s Douze Chansons de Bilitis.
During the 1930s, Albin-Guillot served as the head of the photographic archives of the L’Ecole des Beaux Arts and president of the French Société des Artistes Photographes. In additional to pictorial and micrographic work she produced documentary and fashion photographs. Some of her modernist pictures were included in the important 1951 German exhibition Subjektive Fotograpfie, organized by Otto Steinert and Franz Roh. Laure Albin-Guillot died in Paris on February 22, 1962. 
Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012) 
This biography is courtesy and copyright of Christian Peterson and is included here with permission. 
Date last updated: 1 June 2013. 
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The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

• Auer, Michele & Michel 1985 Encyclopedie Internationale Des Photographes de 1839 a Nos Jours / Photographers Encylopaedia International 1839 to the present (Hermance, Editions Camera Obscura) 2 volumes [A classic reference work for biographical information on photographers.] 
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on Laure Albin-Guillot.] 
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