Born 1849. In 1904 he began capturing the beginnings of aviation and cars and the smart women of the Bois de Boulogne as well as society and sporting events.
An unfailingly curious amateur, he tried out all the available techniques, tirelessly recording the fleeting moments and meticulously arranging his several thousand images in large albums.
"Photography to me is catching a moment which is passing, and which is true."
His acquaintances in the world of the arts included Sacha Guitry and Yvonne Printemps, Kees van Dongen, Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau, while his passion for movies saw him work as still photographer with Jacques Feyder, Abel Gance, Robert Bresson, François Truffaut and Federico Fellini.