(1910 – 2007)
Lucien Hervé is one of the major figures in architectural photography.
Lucien Hervé (Laszlo Elkan) was born in 1910 in Hungary. He arrived in Paris in 1929. In 1949 he meet Le Corbusier. He became the official photographer of Le Corbusier. The work and the visionary eye of Lucien Hervé, especially around geometry and abstraction, aroused rapidly the interest of other architects such as Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer, Pier Luigi Nervi, Richard Neutra, Oscar Niemeyer, Jean Prouvé….
Lucien Hervé has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Medal of Plastic Arts (Academy of Architecture of the City of Paris in 1993) and the Grand Prix photograph of the City of Paris in 2000.
His works have entered the most major international collections and are shown in museums around the world. In France, his adopted country, he was honored by several retrospectives at the Centre Pompidou (1987, 2010), the Museum of Decorative Arts (1963, 1966), the National Library (1964 and 2007), The Foundation Corbusier (2007), the Carnavalet Museum (2005), the Espace Louis Vuitton (2006), the House of Photography Robert Doisneau in Gentilly (2011), Jeu de Paume (2017) .