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Sudre's subject-matter was mainly the still-life and figure. He is best known for his experimentation with chemicals, and is credited with the creation of Mordançage (tr. 'etching', ' scouring'), though he built the process on the film reversal technique first documented in 1897 by Paul Liesegang and known as etch-bleach, bleach-etch, gelatin relief, or reverse relief.
In 1957 Sudre was awarded the Lion d'Or at the first Biennale Internationale de la Photographie at Venice, Italy.
In 1970, at the invitation of writer Michel Tournier, Sudre participated in the first Rencontres d'Arles as a guest of honour, and was included in first public evening meeting of three important 'Photographers of the Moment', with Brihat Denis and Jean-Philippe Charbonnier. Many photographers from all over France came to this event.
He died in Aix-en-Provence, aged 75, after a prolonged illness.
- Anderson, Christina Z. (2006). Experimental Photography Workbook. Bozeman: Christina Z. Anderson. pp. 147–150.
- Lucia Scharpf Rencontres d’Arles 2005 Rapport de stage Lorette Chaix Jean-Pierre Lanfrey Université Paul Cézanne IUP d’Arles Licence Administration des Institutions Culturelles
- Media related to Jean-Pierre Sudre at Wikimedia Commons
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