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After having studied music, Denise Loeb-Cahen takes her first photographies during a trip in Asia in the late 1930s, interested as much in the incredible landscapes she discovers as in the lives of locals. During World War II, she adopts the nickname Denise Colomb and will keep it to sign her photographic work. She travels the world from Norway to Israel and the West Indies where she is invited by Aimé Cesaire and documents her expeditions for various publications. In 1947, she begins a major series dedicated to artists, beginning with Antonin Artaud and then, the painters and sculptors, her brother who possesses a gallery, introduces her to. She depicts their fragility and anxieties: a tormented Antonin Artaud, an intense Bernard Buffet or a falsely nonchalant Nicolas de Stael. In her poetic and realistic manner, Denise Colomb reminds us of such humanist photographers as Edouard Boubat and Robert Doisneau, a group of passionate anthropologists of what makes the human face the most gracious and dignified.