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Émile Savitry; French photographer and painter.
Born in Saigon, into the wealthy colonial industrialist family of Felix Marius Alphonse Dupont and Cecile Leonie Audra, Émile renamed himself Savitry at age 17 to study painting at École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs and at the private Grande Chaumiere Academy of Fine Arts (still located in Paris at 14, Rue de la Grande Chaumiere), until 1924.
...though on the threshold of artistic fame he decamped to Polynesia. Commentators propose different reasons for this decision...
On return to Paris in 1930 he began a career as a photographer, co-founding with Charles Rado, Brassaï and Ergy Landau in 1933 the Rapho agency. For Rapho, he covered the massive refugee influx into the South of France from the Spanish Civil War. His reportage for Match and other magazines also features his close friend Django Reinhardt, whom he met in Toulon... introducing Django into the jazz scene at La Boîte à Matelots at 10 rue Fontaine.
From 1932-34, he assisted Brassaï....
On 2 April 1940, at Hyères, he married the Argentinean painter and illustrator Elsa Henriquez, daughter of Peruvian dancer Helba Huara and Peruvian journalist Gonzalo More, and through them Savitry met and photographed a number of Argentinian poets and writers. They had a son, Francis "Paco" Dupont.
After the war, he helped to revive the Rapho agency in Paris, joined there by Robert Doisneau and Willy Ronis.
He was later a regular contributor to fashion magazines Vogue, Jardin des Modes and Harper’s Bazaar. He was also published in the 1950s in Regards, Visages du Monde, Cavalcade, Point de Vue et Images du Monde, Caliban, Picture Post and Réalités.
He is best known for his portraits of mid-century personalities, many of whom were close friends: actors Anouk Aimee, Brigitte Bardot, Pierre Brasseur, Madeleine Renaud, Serge Reggiani and Charlie...