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Lucien Hervé

Wednesday 24 November at 7 pm

Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine


1 place du Trocadéro et du 11 novembre, 16e.

Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 78 71 72

M° Trocadéro

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Lucien Hervé, the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine proposes a round table discussion with film screenings on Hervé, his relationship with architecture, and the significance of his work.

Known for his work as Le Corbusier’s official photographer, Lucien Hervé (1910-2007) worked with the greatest architects of his time. He was fascinated by architecture, and was also a great art connoisseur and a friend of many artists. From Brasilia to Thoronet Abbey, from India to Japan, he looked at space with the eyes of a builder, both disciplined and poetic. His lively, contrasted images are also those of a humanist curious to discover the world and its inhabitants.

Lucien Hervé was one of the great architectural photographers and has left an enduring legacy.

The round table discussion will focus on the work and personality of Hervé, via testimonials from people who knew him: Stéphane Carrayrou (art critic), Imola Gebauer (freelance curator), Olivier Beer (writer) and Michel Richard (director, Fondation Le Corbusier).
Quentin Bajac (chief photography curator, Centre Georges Pompidou) and contemporary photographers (Stéphane Couturier, Philippe Chancel and Rémy Marlot) will then discuss the resonance of Lucien Hervé’s work in contemporary art.

A 1988 interview with Lucien Hervé and Jean Sacha’s film « La Cité Radieuse » (1953), for which Lucien Hervé was artistic advisor, will be screened.