Harry Ossip Meerson Portrait of Anne-Marie Edvina
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1961 Print Date 1961
Dimensions 9-7/16 x 7-1/16 in. (240 x 179 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country Russia (Belarus,USSR)
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
With photographer's name in red crayon pencil and "AM Edvina" stamp, plus Paris 1961 stamp on verso.
Born in Warsaw, Poland in either 1910 or 1911, Meerson was an important figure in Parisian photography in the middle decades of the twentieth century; some of his pupils and protégés included the photographers Wilhelm Maywald, Mirella Ricciardi and Genia (or Eugène) Rubin. The latter took over Meerson's Paris studio after he left for America during WWII and briefly joined his brother Lazare Meerson, a film director in Hollywood.
Brassaï and Dora Maar were both regular visitors to his Paris studio, and Meerson edited Maar's fashion photographs. Meerson's own fashion work was a mainstay of that market, and his clients included Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Lanvin, etc.
He had work published in the influential magazine "Photographie", which was published by Arts et Métiers Graphiques, as well as many of the top fashion magazines of the period including Harper's Bazaar, Femina, Votre Beaute, Plasir de Paris and Die Dame.
He was part of the 1987 group exhibition at the Musée de l'Elysée entitled "La nouvelle photographie en France, 1919-1939" and the 2011 exhibition at La Maison Européenne de la Photographie entitled "L'objet photographique: Une invention permanente".
Meerson passed away in 1991.
The first and only "Salon International du Portrait Photographique" was held April 28-May 24,1961 at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. For this major event, 30 well-known photographers were invited to photograph just one subject, the 21-year-old Anne-Marie Edvina, who was chosen for the "rare symmetryof her face", according to a New York Herald Tribune article reporting on this important exhibition. The photographic results were exhibited at the BN and were published in the New York Herald Tribune, Life International, the Journal de Seine et Oise, EPOCA, Europeo and many other publications. The photographers ranged from surrealists Man Ray and Maurice Tabard to fashion photographer William Klein to photojournalists, such as Robert Doisneau and Edouard Boubat.
Provenance: Salon International du Portrait Photographique; Piasa auctions.
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