Vu (magazine)

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Vu (magazine) N°77 featuring Adelaide Hall
EditorDesfossés - Néogravure1
FounderLucien Vogel
Year founded1928
Final issue1940
Based inParis, France

Vu, stylized as VU, was a weekly French pictorial magazine, created and directed by Lucien Vogel, which was published from 21 March 1928 to 29 May 1940; it ran for just over 600 issues.[1]


Vu was the first large weekly to systematically feature photographs in essay form, and as such was an important precursor to, and proponent of, the magazine format of photojournalism (which came to prominence a decade after its print run in magazines such as Life and Look). Although inspired in part by the German magazine Berliner Illustrirte Zeitung,[2][3] VU featured a constructivist aesthetic and was innovative in its layouts, especially in its double-page spreads.[4] Notable contributors included Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray, Brassaï, and André Kertész,[5] but the sole staff photographer was the now lesser-known Gaston Paris 1933-38 who made around 1,300 photos for the magazine. It was particularly advanced in its use of picture essays.[6]

The magazine published special issues on the Soviet Union (VU au pays des Soviets, 18 November 1931),[7] Germany (L'énigme allemande, 1932), the ascent of technology (Fin d'une civilisation, 1933), China (Interrogatoire de la Chine, 1934), and Spain (VU en Espagne, 1936).[1]

In 1931, Vogel founded a companion magazine named Lu (read), a survey of the foreign press translated into French; this merged with Vu in March 1937.[7]

A major retrospective was hosted by the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) in late 2006/early 2007.[1]

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Supplemental edition:
    1. Heller, Steven (1999). "Picture Magazines of the 1930s". Design Literacy (continued): Understanding Graphic Design. Allworth Press. p. 65. Retrieved 13 January 2013 – via Internet Archive ("Paris Match was arguably the most popular picture magazine, but the newsweekly Vu ... was the most innovative".){{cite book}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link) LCCN 99-42995; ISBN 1-5811-5035-0; OCLC 883592407 (all editions).

Further reading[edit]

  • Michel Frizot and Cédric de Veigy. Vu: The Story of a Magazine That made an Era. London: Thames & Hudson, 2009. ISBN 9780500543832.

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