Bovis Marcel
Paris, Place d'Italie
L'enfant à la colombe
Bovis Marcel
Paris, Rue des Ciseaux
Bovis Marcel
Marseille. Le Pont transpordeur, 1945

Marcel Bovis

About the artist

1904 — 1997

The French photographer Marcel Bovis, born in 1904, is best known for his nocturnal city photography. He was self-taught, having discovered a talent during military service, and in 1936 hosted his first exhibition in Paris. Along with an ensemble of fourteen other French humanist photographers, Bovis founded Le Groupe des XV in 1946, exhibiting annually in Paris for the next decade, and in 1952 at the World Exhibition of Photography in Lucerne. In 1992, a Bovis retrospective was staged at the Palais de Tokyo.

Bovis died in 1997. A majority of his photographs had been donated to the French government six years earlier.

Technical information

Image 1: Paris, Place d’Italie. 1928
Size: 15,5 x 20,5 cm 
Print techique: gelatin silver

Image 2: L’enfant à la colombe, 1933
Size: 30,4 x 27,1 cm 
Print techique: gelatin silver

Image 3: Paris, Rue des Ciseaux, 1950
Size: 29,5 x 23,5 en 50 x 40 cm 
Print techique: vintage silver print 
Extra: universal, stamped by the author and "les 30 x 40 club photographique de Paris" and titled on the back

Image 4: Marseille. Le Pont transpordeur, 1945
Size: 37 x 27 en 40,5 x 30 cm 
Print techique: silver print 
Extra: universal, signed in pencil on reverse; dry stamp "Donation Marcel Bovis" at the bottom right