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Pierre Dubreuil (French, 1872-1944)

Pierre Dubreuil, a "gentleman photographer" influenced by the birth of European cubism and futurism, first exhibited his work at the Photo-Club de Paris in 1896. He lived in Paris from 1908 to 1910, photographing the urban landscape from unexpected perspectives and making close-ups of the machine as an emblem of the modern era. An influential figure in the development of the "New Photography," he consistently emphasized design and idea rather than content. After WWI, Dubreuil suffered terrible personal losses and moved to Belgium, but he returned to his homeland before he died. His career culminated in 1935 with a Royal Photographic Society retrospective in London.
- Paul Butt

Selected Bibliography
Tom Jacobson, Pierre Dubreuil, Photographs 1896-1935. San Diego: Dubroni Press, 1987.

"Artist Biographies," for "Legacy of Light" exhibition. Retrieved from the Cleveland Museum of Art Web site on March 31, 2002.

Yates, Steve. "Proto-Modern Photography, The Artist and the Critic," Proto-Modern Photography, with essay by Beaumont Newhall. Santa Fe: Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico, 1992-1993.


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