Hommage au Douanier Rousseau,
Vintage silver gelatin print
Edouard Boubat's interest in photography began after World War II. Photojournalism afforded him a certain freedom that was rare during that troubled time. He also admits that it was the sense of adventure that attracted him to the field.
His technique and vision have been formidable from the very start. His first image, the little girl with the cape of dead leaves in the Luxembourg gardens is not, as is often believed, a montage. Like his contemporary, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Boubat has a rare talent for capturing those fleeting moments or magical instants that can only be suspended and frozen in time by the confident eye of a true master.
Boubat's travels took him all over the world and it is a testament to his talent that his images, whether portraits, landscapes or photojournalism, have equal poetry and pathos. Photographer Edouard Boubat continually celebrates the beauty, simplicity and the little things in life. A native of Paris, he studied photography at a trade school and soon his work was being exhibited with that of Izis, Brassai and Doisneau.
"Because I know war... because I know the horror, I don't want to add to it. .........After the war, we felt the need to celebrate life, and for me photography was the means to achieve this..."
Spanning over fifty years, Edouard's photographs do just this. They celebrate life.