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Laure Albin-Guillot

Paul Valery, 1940

Laure Albin-Guillot was born in 1879 in Paris and resided there until her death in 1962.

Known for:
Photographing microscopic specimens, plant cells, and animal organisms with her husband, who was a scientific researcher. Also known for her portraiture, nudes (male and female), landscapes and commercial work. Albin-Guillot's photographs are marked by the esthetics of Pictorialism but with the compositional strategies of Modernism.

Most Popular Images:
"Gide"; "Cocteau"; "Paul Valery"; "Micrographic Décorative"(book with original photographs); "La Cantate de Narcisse" (portfolio)

Did you know ... ?
• In 1922, Albin-Guillot received the gold medal award in a contest sponsored by
La Revue française de Photographie.
• Albin-Guillot had the first one-person exhibition with 40 prints in Paris in 1925.
• Her work was included in the first independent Salon of Photography in Paris, held at the Theatre de Champs-Elysees in June of 1928.
• In 1935, she became the president of the French Société des Artistes Photographes.
Micrographie Décorative was created as a tribute to Laure's husband after his death.

A contemporary referred to Laure Albin-Guillot as "ingenious, open to all forms, and sensible to all the aspects of human intelligence."

General Format:
Fresson, and Silver gelatin prints in various sizes.

How many photographs exist?
Printed in very small unnumbered editions.

$950 - $95,000

How are the photographs printed and signed?
If the photographs are signed, they are signed au recto (on the front) of the photograph in ink or pencil.

A few vintage photographs are available. Vintage means that the print date is at or near the same time as the negative date.

La Cantate de Narcisse - 20 original Fresson photographs with poetry by Paul Valery, edition of 5.
Micrographie Décorative - 20 plates, edition of 305.
Suite d'Illustrations pour Le Grand Meaulnes d'Alain Fournier - 17 plates, edition of 500.

Books - In Print:
A History of Women Photographers
by Naomi Rosenblum, hardback $65.00
La Volonte D'Art

A Gallery for Fine Photography has an excellent selection of works by Laure Albin-Guillot.

Price History:
1975: $100
1985: $500 - $1,500
1995: $750 - $9,500
2003: $950 - $95,000

Selected plates from Micrographie Décorative

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