Bovis studied at the National School of Decorative Arts in Nice and subsequently arrived to Paris to work as decorator. He self-taught photography and started to produce photos of Paris, predominantly at night, since 1927, and after 1936, he became a professional photographer. In the same year, he had the first personal exhibition in Paris. This particular exhibition, which was held in Pavillon de Marsan, was a collection of photos he took together with Pierre Mac Orlan. It records the celebrations of festivals and famous circuses with a humanist sympathy. In 1946 he became one of the founding members of the Le Groupe des XV, an association of French photographers, and in 1952, he exhibited at the World Exhibition of Photography in Lucerne.
In 1941, Bovis co-authored a travel book about Paris with Mac Orlan.
- La Photographie de paysage et d'architecture, Éditions Prisma, Paris, 1948
- Du Quartier latin au Jardin des Plantes, Éditions Arts et métiers graphiques, Paris, 1948
- Initiation à la photographie…, Le Livre de poche, Paris, 1973
- Initiation à la photographie, Éd. universitaire, Paris, 1975
- with Bernard Lefebvre and Maurice Barette, Synopsis: Histoire de la photographie, Recherche et documentation photographiques, Rouen, 1980 LCCN 80-135653