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If there is but one of the great French photographers who could take your breath away when showing you a site which had been covered already a million times by others it is definitely Jean Roubier ( 1896-1981 ) using his 6×6 Rolleiflex camera. The ordinary subject matter becomes plain magic in his b/w prints. His career started in the 1930’s and comprised of some 100.000 images taken all over Europe and reproduced in collaboration with many authors in their books. A non exhaustive list can be found here, under the subtitle La Bibliotheque.

The above image as well as the following are from a regional brochure illustrating the great beauty of the rural French landscape.

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Wounded during the First World War, he was taken prisoner during the first days on the Maginot Line in the Second World War, when he was subsequently released he refused to work with or for the occupying Germans and joined the French resistance.

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To find out more about this fascinating photographer visit the excellent website created by his grandson Michel Rager. Thank you Michel for the preservation of this great body of work, kudos!

 

 

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