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Sophie Bassouls

1936 | Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
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French photographer.

Sophie Bassouls is known for her photographs of writers and artists. After studying art history, she started work as a photographer and took charge of the photo department of L’Express, then in 1963 that of the Figaro littéraire. Married to Claude Bassouls, she had two children. With him, in 1976, she set up a freelance photojournalism agency called Rush, before joining the Sygma agency in 1986, where she was responsible for literary news. Today she works as a freelance photographer. More than 3,000 portraits bear witness to French and international intellectual and cultural life over the past few decades. Their great beauty stems from her original approach: situating the person in a very specific visual setting (décor, props, light), which helps to express the subject’s deep-seated personality. Her photos have been exhibited in particular in Nancy, Geneva, Bari, Naples, Bologna, New York and San Francisco. In Paris, in 2001, 666 portraits were shown in the Bibliothèque historique de la ville de Paris.

Today, she is creating collages where photographs are a major factor, but cut up, re-painted and put together in fragments surrounded by decorative motifs, with the use of gold leaf; at times the result conjures up Gustav Klimt’s pictures. Her recent works have been exhibited at the La Réserve gallery in Paris (2005), the Des Femmes gallery in Paris (2008), in Naples, and in Istanbul and Ankara (2009).

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Catherine Guyot

Translated from French by Simon Pleasance.

From the Dictionnaire universel des créatrices
© 2013 Des femmes – Antoinette Fouque
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Sophie Bassouls — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sophie Bassouls, Françoise Sagan, 1994, © Sophie Bassouls

Sophie Bassouls — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sophie Bassouls, Michel Foucault, 1976, © Sophie Bassouls

Sophie Bassouls — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sophie Bassouls, James Baldwin, 1972, © Sophie Bassouls

Sophie Bassouls — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sophie Bassouls, Annie Ernaux, 1991, © Sophie Bassouls

Sophie Bassouls — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sophie Bassouls, Mona Ozouf, 2009, © Sophie Bassouls

Sophie Bassouls — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sophie Bassouls, Élisabeth Badinter, 1986, © Sophie Bassouls

Sophie Bassouls — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sophie Bassouls, Witold et Rita Gombrowicz, 1967, © Sophie Bassouls

Sophie Bassouls — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sophie Bassouls, Pierre Soulage, 2007, © Sophie Bassouls

Sophie Bassouls — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sophie Bassouls, Erri De Luca, 1998, © Sophie Bassouls

Sophie Bassouls — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Sophie Bassouls, Claude Bassouls, series Homme Fleurs, photograph and gouache, © Sophie Bassouls

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