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CLERGUE, Lucien

PORTRAIT-CLERGUE-2014-021934 – 2014


Lucien Clergue was born in Arles, where he continues to create and promote photography. 

His first book, 1958’s Corps Mémorable, was godfathered by Picasso and Cocteau. Since then he has published nearly 80 works and his photographs have been displayed in hundreds of exhibitions throughout the world. His favoured subjects are the nude, the corrida, and the landscapes of the Camargue and American deserts, all glorifying life. 

Through Lucien Clergue, photography has entered French museums and blossomed in the atmosphere of the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles; it is now studied in French universities and recognised by the Académie des Beaux-Arts. He has received many awards and decorations and his photographs enrich prestigious collections.


Lucien Clergue presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 1989: Les empreintes des Dieux at the Palais de l’Archevêché; in 2000: La mort en ce jardin – charognes at the Commanderie Sainte-Luce; in 2004: Lucien Clergue at the Abbaye de Montmajour; in 2007 taking part in the collective exhibitions Madame la Présidente at the Magasin Electrique;  in 2009: Eros and Thanatos’ consecration / Recent works at the Abbaye de Montmajour.