Dominique Berretty French Actress Brigitte Bardot on Horse
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1970c Print Date 1970c
Dimensions 9 x 6-15/16 in. (229 x 176 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country Indonesia
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About This Image
With photographer's stamps on verso. Dominique R. Berretty was born in Indonesia in 1915, then under Dutch occupation. His father and namesake ran a legendary press agency called Aneta, which went bankrupt in 1934 after his death in a plane crash. In 1943 Berretty became a prisoner in Germany. Dominica Berretty began a career as a freelance photographer from 1953, when he moved to Paris. He joined the Rapho agency and worked for Life magazine from 1958 to 1968, taking photographs and making news reports on De Gaulle, Churchill's funeral, the war in Algeria, and then Vietnam. In 1969 a photo story on the "Birth of the Bikini appeared in Look magazine by Berretty. Berretty took many photographs of celebrities, from starlets to national leaders, including Brigit Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier, General Charles De Gaulle, Winston Churchill, etc. Berretty, who died in 1981 at age 65, was one of the great photojournalists of his time, whose work unfortunately remains largely unknown. A retrospective of his Algerian photographs was shown at the 2002 International Festival of Photojournalism (Visa Pour L'Image).
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