Édouard Boubat

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Édouard Boubat
Edouard Boubat 1943.jpg
Boubat in 1943
Born(1923-09-13)13 September 1923
Montmartre, Paris, France
Died30 June 1999(1999-06-30) (aged 75)
Paris, France
ChildrenBernard Boubat

Édouard Boubat (French: [buba]; born Paris 13 September, 1923–died Paris 30 June 1999) was a French photojournalist and art photographer.

Life and work[edit]

Boubat was born in Montmartre, Paris. He studied typography and graphic arts at the École Estienne and worked for a printing company before becoming a photographer. In 1943 he was subjected to service du travail obligatoire, forced labour of French people in Nazi Germany, and witnessed the horrors of World War II. He took his first photograph after the war in 1946 and was awarded the Kodak Prize the following year. He travelled the world for the French magazine Réalités, where his colleague was Jean-Philippe Charbonnier, and later worked as a freelance photographer. French poet Jacques Prévert called him a "peace correspondent" as he was humanist, apolitical and photographed uplifting subjects. His son Bernard Boubat is also a photographer.[1][2][3]

Notable awards[edit]



  • November 2– December 23, 2006: Les photographes de Réalités: Édouard Boubat, Jean-Philippe Charbonnier, Jean-Louis Swiners. Galerie Agathe Gaillard, Paris, France
  • August 15 – October 1, 2006: French masters: Edouard Boubat and Jean-Philippe Charbonnier. Duncan Miller Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
  • 1983 Ambassade de France, New York (USA)
  • 1982 Lausanne, Switzerland.
    • Witkin Gallery , New York (USA)
  • 1980 Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris
    • Lausanne Switzerland
  • 1979 Fondation Nationale de la Photographie. Lyon, France.
  • 1978 Musée d'Art Moderne Carilo, Mexico


  • 1951 Galerie La Hune, Paris, France
  • 1949 Salon, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France


  • Edouard Boubat: Pauses (Bookking International, 1988). ISBN 978-2877140249.
  • Édouard Boubat (Centre national de la photographie, 1988). ISBN 978-2867540431.
  • Photographies 1950–1987. (Éditions du Désastre, 1988). ISBN 978-2877700016.
  • It's a Wonderful Life (Editions Assouline, 1997). ISBN 978-2843230127.
  • Édouard Boubat: The Monograph. (Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2004). ISBN 978-0810956100.
  • Édouard Boubat: A Gentle Eye (Thames & Hudson, 2004). ISBN 978-0500512012.


  1. ^ Riding, Alan (9 July 1999). "Edouard Boubat, Photographer With Poetic Eye for Children, 75". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  2. ^ Williams, Val (17 July 1999). "Obituary: Edouard Boubat". The Independent. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  3. ^ Muir, Robin (21 August 1999). "Shots from the heart". The Independent. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Edouard Boubat". WHO. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Träger der David-Octavius-Hill-Medaille". Deutsche Fotografische Akademie. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  6. ^ "1988 Hasselblad Award Winner". Hasselblad Foundation. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  7. ^ Gee, Helen (1997), Limelight : a Greenwich Village photography gallery and coffeehouse in the fifties : a memoir (1st ed.), University of New Mexico Press, ISBN 978-0-8263-1817-6

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