Photographer

Pierre Choumoff

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An engineer by training, Pierre Choumoff started his photographic career in Paris in 1911; he quickly became the photographer of the Russian and Polish intelligentsia in exile. His signature style is a combination of close-up portraits focusing on the subject's eyes and hands, and velvety prints. Especially close to dancers (Alice Nikitina, Isadora Duncan), writers (Marina Tsvetaïeva, Joseph Kessel, Vladimir Maïakovski, Sacha Guitry, Ilia Ehrenbourg, Paul Fort), composers (Fauré, d'Indy, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Milhaud) and artists in general (Séraphin, Soudbinine, Georges Pitoeff, André Lothe, Moïse Kisling), he also produced portraits of politicians (Blum, Gorki, Kerenski) as well as socially conscious scientists (Langevin). Although a member of the white Russian set, he maintained good contacts at the Soviet Embassy where he pictured officials & diplomatic personnel. Pierre Choumoff is also the last portraitist of sculptor Auguste Rodin both in Paris & Meudon, where he photographed the artist and his work. In 1934, he left Paris for good for Poland, where he died in 1936. Roger-Viollet has held Pierre Choumoff's original negatives and many vintage prints since 1945.

Roger-Viollet | 394124 | FRANCE - MOISE KISLING | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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FRANCE - MOISE KISLING ; Moïse Kisling (1891-1953), Polish-born French painter, in front of one of his paintings for which Paulette Jourdan posed. Around 1920.

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Roger-Viollet | 580858 | Miss Daunt, dancer at Paris Opera, circa 1920. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Miss Daunt, dancer at Paris Opera, circa 1920.

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Roger-Viollet | 999564 | Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), Russian pianist and composer. Paris, June 1924. Photograph by Pierre Choumoff (1872-1936). | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
1046-12 DG

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953), Russian pianist and composer. Paris, June 1924. Photograph by Pierre Choumoff (1872-1936).

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Roger-Viollet | 731695 | Claude Monet (1840-1926), French painter, around 1915-1920. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Claude Monet (1840-1926), French painter, around 1915-1920.

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Roger-Viollet | 373088 | Group of Russian painters emigrated in Paris. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Group of Russian painters emigrated in Paris.

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Roger-Viollet | 921976 | Marina Tsvetaïeva (1892-1941), Russian poet. Paris, 1925. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Marina Tsvetaïeva (1892-1941), Russian poet. Paris, 1925.

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Roger-Viollet | 579825 | Georges Kessel, French journalist. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Georges Kessel, French journalist.

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Roger-Viollet | 447492 | Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German physicist naturalized Swiss then American. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German physicist naturalized Swiss then American.

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Roger-Viollet | 694251 | Paul Poiret (1879-1944), French fashion designer and decorator, circa 1920. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Paul Poiret (1879-1944), French fashion designer and decorator, circa 1920.

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Roger-Viollet | 811863 | Maxime Gorki (1868-1936), Soviet writer. Paris, 1912. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Maxime Gorki (1868-1936), Soviet writer. Paris, 1912.

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Roger-Viollet | 516099 | Commission d'enquête révolutionnaire qui étudiait les dossiers de la Sûreté tzariste à l'Ambassade de Paris. Avrien, Menchtohenof, Rapp avocat, Polenkorkein, Stazecky, Lazarkievitch. Paris, vers 1925. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Commission d'enquête révolutionnaire qui étudiait les dossiers de la Sûreté tzariste à l'Ambassade de Paris. Avrien, Menchtohenof, Rapp avocat, Polenkorkein, Stazecky, Lazarkievitch. Paris, vers 1925.

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Roger-Viollet | 755446 | Russian revolutionary dinner. Paris, 1911. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Russian revolutionary dinner. Paris, 1911.

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Roger-Viollet | 683974 | Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1883-1945), Russian writer. Paris, around 1920. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1883-1945), Russian writer. Paris, around 1920.

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Roger-Viollet | 444613 | Kokochinsky and his family, Russian expatriates, after 1917. Photo Choumov. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Kokochinsky and his family, Russian expatriates, after 1917. Photo Choumov.

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Roger-Viollet | 1040533 | André Lhote (1885-1962), French painter. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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André Lhote (1885-1962), French painter.

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Roger-Viollet | 417452 | Jean Misceslas Peské (1870-1949), French painter and engraver, in his studio. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Jean Misceslas Peské (1870-1949), French painter and engraver, in his studio.

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Roger-Viollet | 156361 | Joseph Kessel (1898-1979), French writer and journalist. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Joseph Kessel (1898-1979), French writer and journalist.

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Roger-Viollet | 756848 | Fernand Léger (1881-1955), French painter, in his studio, Paris, around 1925. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Fernand Léger (1881-1955), French painter, in his studio, Paris, around 1925.

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Roger-Viollet | 211782 | Fernand Léger (1881-1955), French painter. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Fernand Léger (1881-1955), French painter.

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Roger-Viollet | 371655 | GISELLE | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
722-9 DG

GISELLE ; Olga Spessivtseva (1895-1991), Russian dancer of Diaghilev's ballets, in the role of "Giselle".

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Roger-Viollet | 370764 | Paul Valéry (1871-1945), French writer. Paris, circa 1920. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Paul Valéry (1871-1945), French writer. Paris, circa 1920.

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Roger-Viollet | 700331 | Henri de Régnier (1864-1936), French writer. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Henri de Régnier (1864-1936), French writer.

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Roger-Viollet | 756143 | Marc Chagall | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Marc Chagall ; Marc Chagall (1887-1985), Russian-born French painter. Paris, circa 1925.

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Roger-Viollet | 749938 | Alexandre Iacovleff (1887-1938), Russian painter. Paris, about 1920. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Alexandre Iacovleff (1887-1938), Russian painter. Paris, about 1920.

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Roger-Viollet | 520430 | FRANCE - DARIUS MILHAUD | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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FRANCE - DARIUS MILHAUD ; Darius Milhaud (1892-1974), French composer.

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Roger-Viollet | 221298 | Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), French composer, during his military service (January 1918- January 1921). | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), French composer, during his military service (January 1918- January 1921).

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Roger-Viollet | 463700 | Kees Van Dongen (1877-1968), Dutch painter naturalized Frenchman. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Kees Van Dongen (1877-1968), Dutch painter naturalized Frenchman.

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Roger-Viollet | 421446 | LE DEJEUNER SUR L'HERBE | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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LE DEJEUNER SUR L'HERBE ; Claude Monet (1840-1926), French painter, at his place with Edouard Mortier (Duke of Trévise, 1883-1946). Giverny (France), circa 1915-1920.

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Roger-Viollet | 981493 | Claude Monet (1840-1926), French painter, in front of the  Nymphéas  in the studio of his property in Giverny (Eure), around 1915-1920. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
2378-11 DG

Claude Monet (1840-1926), French painter, in front of the "Nymphéas" in the studio of his property in Giverny (Eure), around 1915-1920.

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Roger-Viollet | 453463 | Claude Monet (1840-1926), French painter, in his house. Giverny (Eure), around 1915-1920. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Claude Monet (1840-1926), French painter, in his house. Giverny (Eure), around 1915-1920.

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Roger-Viollet | 515055 | Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), French composer. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), French composer.

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Roger-Viollet | 240999 | Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929), French sculptor. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929), French sculptor.

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Roger-Viollet | 966490 | Sacha Guitry (1885-1957), actor, film-maker and French writer. Paris, about 1920. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Sacha Guitry (1885-1957), actor, film-maker and French writer. Paris, about 1920.

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Roger-Viollet | 651900 | Leon Blum (1872-1950), French politician. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Leon Blum (1872-1950), French politician.

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Roger-Viollet | 453512 | Claude Monet (1840-1926), French painter, in his house. Giverny (Eure), around 1915-1920. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Claude Monet (1840-1926), French painter, in his house. Giverny (Eure), around 1915-1920.

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Roger-Viollet | 740253 | FRANCE - GEORGES CLEMENCEAU | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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FRANCE - GEORGES CLEMENCEAU ; Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929), French politician.

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Roger-Viollet | 420633 | Louis Lumière (1864-1948), chimiste et industriel français. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Louis Lumière (1864-1948), chimiste et industriel français.

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Roger-Viollet | 585890 | FRANCE - PAUL LANGEVIN | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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FRANCE - PAUL LANGEVIN ; Paul Langevin ( 1872-1946 ), French physicist.

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Roger-Viollet | 444063 | Anna Pavlova (1882-1931), Russian dancer. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Anna Pavlova (1882-1931), Russian dancer.

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Roger-Viollet | 258186 | Léon Blum (1872-1950), French politician. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Léon Blum (1872-1950), French politician.

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Roger-Viollet | 315160 | Musidora (Jeanne Roques, 1889-1957), French actress, scriptwriter and director, circa 1920. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Musidora (Jeanne Roques, 1889-1957), French actress, scriptwriter and director, circa 1920.

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Roger-Viollet | 550460 | Musidora (Jeanne Roques, 1889-1957), French actress, scriptwriter and director, circa 1920. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Musidora (Jeanne Roques, 1889-1957), French actress, scriptwriter and director, circa 1920.

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Roger-Viollet | 213960 | Claude Autant-Lara (1901-2000), French director. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Claude Autant-Lara (1901-2000), French director.

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Roger-Viollet | 490113 | Lydia Sokolova (1896-1974), English ballet dancer who joined Sergei Diaghilev's Russian ballets for the Rite of Spring, 1920. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Lydia Sokolova (1896-1974), English ballet dancer who joined Sergei Diaghilev's Russian ballets for the Rite of Spring, 1920.

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Roger-Viollet | 520187 | Catherine Brechko-Brechkovskaïa, the grandmother of the Revolution. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Catherine Brechko-Brechkovskaïa, the grandmother of the Revolution.

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Roger-Viollet | 785691 | Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), French composer. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), French composer.

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Roger-Viollet | 156549 | RUSSIA - VLADIMIR MAIAKOVSKI | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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RUSSIA - VLADIMIR MAIAKOVSKI ; The Russian poet Vladimir Maïakovski (1893-1930). Paris, 1925.

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Roger-Viollet | 918282 | Paul Vaillant-Couturier (1892-1937), French writer and politician. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Paul Vaillant-Couturier (1892-1937), French writer and politician.

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Roger-Viollet | 429519 | His Grace Euloge (dead in 1946), metropolitan of Petrograd in 1922, head of Russian churchs in Occidental Europe. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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His Grace Euloge (dead in 1946), metropolitan of Petrograd in 1922, head of Russian churchs in Occidental Europe.

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Roger-Viollet | 798789 | Meeting of members of the Russian Constituent Assembly (centre : Alexander Kerensky). Paris, circa 1925. | © Pierre Choumoff / Roger-Viollet
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Meeting of members of the Russian Constituent Assembly (centre : Alexander Kerensky). Paris, circa 1925.

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