Séeberger Frères
‘Une heure d’affluence’, le métro parisien, Porte de Sint-Cloud, Paris 16e

Frères Séeberger

About the artists

1872 — 1999

The Séebergers were a French photographic dynasty comprising three siblings (the youngest, Jules, born 1872, followed by Louis, 1874, and Henri, 1876) and two brothers of the following generation (Louis' sons Jean, born 1910, and Albert, 1914). Collectively the five members of the bloodline are known as the Frères Séeberger.

All three Séeberger brothers of the elder generation trained as designers at the fabric atelier J. Souchon, beginning a lifelong dalliance with the fashion industry in France. In 1899, Jules began winning amateur photography competitions. The two younger brothers followed suit, and soon their portraits of the Seine and Montmartre had made it onto Parisian postcards. The brothers photographed women who represented haute couture at the racing and other society events, being published in the fashion weekly La Mode Pratique.

Following the death of Jules in the 1932 and the outbreak of war, the family business would return postwar with Jean and Albert at the helm, working alongside their wives and continuing to shoot portraits for fashion designers and magazines. From 1976 onwards, the works of the Frères Séeberger were exhibited extensively in Paris and wider France. Albert, surviving his brother by twenty years, died in 1999.

Technical information

Image 1: ‘Une heure d’affluence’, le métro parisien, Porte de Sint-Cloud, Paris 16e (1934)
Size: 17,6 x 17,1 cm  
Print techique: silver
Extra: produced by the Séeberger studio, negative number and caption handwritten in pencil, stamp