Janine Niépce

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Janine Niépce
Self portrait of Janine Niépce.jpg
Autoportrait de Janine Niépce
Born(1921-02-12)February 12, 1921
Meudon, France
DiedAugust 5, 2007(2007-08-05) (aged 86)
Paris, France.
EducationCollège de Sorbonne
Known forPhotography
Claude Jaeger (m. 1946)

Janine Niépce (February 12, 1921 – August 5, 2007) was a French photographer and journalist. Her career spanned developing films for the French Resistance to covering the women's liberation movement in the 1970s.[1]


Janine Niépce was born February 12, 1921 in Meudon, France. She is a distant relative of Nicéphore Niépce, the pioneer of photography.[1]

In 1944, she graduated from the Sorbonne.[1] She was a liaison officer involved with the liberation of Paris after World War II. In 1946 she became a professional photographer.[2] She and the Swiss-French Sabine Weiss, a near contemporary, worked as the only women photojournalists at Rapho amongst Robert Doisneau, Édouard Boubat, Denis Brihat, Jean Dieuzaide,[3] Bill Brandt, Ken Heyman, Izis, André Kertész, Yousuf Karsh, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Willy Ronis, Emile Savitry, Fouad Elkoury. She was influenced by Henri Cartier-Bresson.[2]

In the 1970s, her work focused particularly on the women's liberation movement.[1]

In 1981 Niépce was named Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. In 1985 she became a Knight of the Legion d'Honor.[1]

She died August 5, 2007.[2]


Janine Niépce has published at least 20 books of photographs, the most recent ones are:

  • Niépce Duras (Éditions Actes Sud, 1992)
  • Les années femmes (Éditions de la Martinière, 1993)
  • Mes années campagne (Éditions de la Martinière, 1994)
  • Images d’une vie (Éditions de la Martinière, 1995)
  • Les vendanges (Éditions Hoëbeke, 2000)
  • Françaises, Français, le goût de vivre (Éditions Imprimerie Nationale Actes Sud, 2005)


  • 2003 Debelleyme Gallery, exhibition sale of signed prints
  • 2004 Sale at the exhibition gallery Artcurial during the Mois de la Photo
  • 2006 Exhibition, "Douce France" at the Museum of Auxerre.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Janine Niépce 1921-2007". Janine Niépce. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Death of photographer Janine Niépce". Maison Nicéphore Niépce. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  3. ^ Robin Lenman, "Rapho"; in The Oxford Companion to the Photograph, ed. Robin Lenman (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005; ISBN 0-19-866271-8).

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