Roger Schall Gypsy Wedding
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1939 Print Date 1939
Dimensions 8 x 8 in. (203 x 203 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country France
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Descriptive labels on the verso. Pix Publishing Inc. stamp (and Schall's distributor with his stamp) and "Used in Roto Jun 18 1939, Look--" stamp on verso. A wonderful group of Schall's images of this event, obviously pre-Nazi invasion of Paris. News wire clipping on verso and stamp of Schall's picture agency and name. Good vintage prints even if they were used for reproduction.
Born in 1904, Roger Schall was one of the most renowned photographers of the 1930s and 1940s. He worked in all photographic disciplines, including fashion, portraits, nudes, still lifes and photo journalism.
Schall began working with his father, a portrait photographer, in 1918. Ten years later he would be one of the first reporters to work with a small hand-held Leica or Rolleiflex.
By 1939, he closed the studio-agency he had opened with his brother. From June 1940 to August 1944 he photographed German-occupied Paris, hiding his negatives so they would not be seen and confiscated by the censors. When the occupation was over his brother, Raymond Schall, published a book: A Paris sous la Botte des Nazis (Paris under the Heel of the Nazis) that was illustrated with photographs by his brother, Roger Parry, Robert Doisneau, the Seeberger brothers and many others.
Roger Schall then continued working in fashion, focusing on commercial and publicity work instead of reportage. From 1970 until his death in 1995, he would manage his archive of some 80,000 images.
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