André Villers, photographer – obituaryThe Telegraph May 1, 2016
André Villers, who has died aged 85, was a photographer best known for his pictures of Pablo Picasso in the south of France in the 1950s.
Villers photographed numerous artists – including Joan Miró, Marc Chagall and Salvador Dalí – throughout his career, but it was his collaboration with Picasso which was the most productive. The pair met in 1953 on a street in Vallauris on the Cote d’Azur. Villers had been suffering for several years from tuberculosis and was staying at a sanatorium in the town, which is situated between Cannes and Antibes. Villers was subsequently invited to Villa la Galloise, Picasso’s rambling house on Chemin du Fournas, and later to Villa La Californie overlooking the bay of Cannes. “Every room Picasso moved into became another studio and got taken over,” Villers recalled.
André Villers, born October 10 1930, died April 1 2016
André Villers, comparse de PicassoElisabeth Chardon, Le Temps October 16, 2015
Il avait un peu appris la photographie dans un sanatorium. Et puis, il a rencontré le maître catalan et sa vie a changé. Rencontre avec une légende
Studying Latin - VocesSteve Dineen, City AM October 8, 2015
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Viewfinder: 'Picasso, Vallauris, 1953' by André VillersAlastair Sooke, The Telegraph March 4, 2006
Alastair Sooke on a photograph that captures Picasso's playful side
Sometimes it feels strange to glimpse genius up close. Here is Picasso, the thundering force behind almost every development in the history of art in the first half of the last century, with his arms crossed in a playful sulk. He may have been in his seventies when the picture was taken, but his pose conveys all the youthful energy of a little boy throwing a strop.
The moment was captured in his studio in the small town of Vallauris on the Côte d'Azur in 1953. The man behind the camera was André Villers, a young photographer of 23 who had bumped into le maître by chance that spring.