Photographer

Pierre Jahan

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Pierre Jahan was born in 1909 in Amboise and settled in Paris in 1932. Two encounters influenced his decision to become a professional photographer: Raymond Gid, the French illustrator, who managed a small advertising company at the time and entrusted him with his first commercial assignment, and French photographer Emmanuel Sougez, then chief picture editor at "L'Illustration" magazine. In 1934, Pierre Jahan's photographs were published in "Plaisirs de France", starting a collaboration which lasted until the magazine stopped publication in 1974. At the same time, he also started exhibiting together with Ergy Landau, Laure Albin Guillot, François Kollar, Rogi André, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray ... After being part of photographic group "Le Rectangle", Pierre Jahan joined Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis and René-Jacques, among others, in the "Groupe des XV" association. His eclectic production included advertising and assignment photography, reportage – the 1937 Paris World Fair, the Occupation and Liberation of Paris, Paris by night, the post-war re-installation of the collections in the Louvre museum -, portraits, as well as a more personal work influenced by surrealism. Pierre Jahan died in Paris in 2003. Roger-Viollet is the exclusive worldwide distributor of Pierre Jahan's photographs.

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Roger-Viollet | 661169 | 1937 World Fair in Paris. View of the Eiffel Tower from the île aux Cygnes. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
20144-4 DG
1937 World Fair in Paris. View of the Eiffel Tower from the île aux Cygnes.
 
Roger-Viollet | 634777 | The 1937 World Fair in Paris. The crowd at the Trocadéro (16th arrondissement). | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
20322-11 DG
The 1937 World Fair in Paris. The crowd at the Trocadéro (16th arrondissement).
 
Roger-Viollet | 827139 | The Renault factory at Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine, France). Drying the coat of paint of a  Frégate  in an infrared tunnel, around 1952. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
20359-1 DG
The Renault factory at Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine, France). Drying the coat of paint of a [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 397963 | Renault car factory. 4 CV assembly line. Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine), around 1946-1948. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
20596-17 DG
Renault car factory. 4 CV assembly line. Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine), around 1946-1948.
 
Roger-Viollet | 309224 | Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish painter and sculptor, from behind on the left, in his studio, rue des Grands-Augustins. Paris (6th arrondissement), November 1944. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
22967-17 DG
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish painter and sculptor, from behind on the left, in his studio, [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 932585 | International exhibition of surrealism. Galerie des Beaux-Arts, 140, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré. Paris (8th arrondissement), January 1938. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
36305-2 DG
International exhibition of surrealism. Galerie des Beaux-Arts, 140, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré. [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 1049899 | International exhibition of surrealism. Galerie des Beaux-Arts, 140, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré. Paris (8th arrondissement), January 1938. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
36303-9 DG
International exhibition of surrealism. Galerie des Beaux-Arts, 140, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré. [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 608036 | International exhibition of surrealism. Galerie des Beaux-Arts, 140, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré. Paris (8th arrondissement), January 1938. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
36305-6 DG
International exhibition of surrealism. Galerie des Beaux-Arts, 140, rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré. [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 702740 | Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish painter and sculptor, rue des Grands-Augustins (6th arrondissement), at the window of his studio. Paris, October 1944. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
22967-7 DG
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Spanish painter and sculptor, rue des Grands-Augustins (6th [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 945705 | World War II. Inhabitants of Maintenon (Eure-et-Loir) taking refuge in a cellar, during American air raids aiming at German warehouses of ammunitions. June 1944. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
19775-1 DG
World War II. Inhabitants of Maintenon (Eure-et-Loir) taking refuge in a cellar, during American [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 447451 | World War II. Onlookers at the parade of November 11, 1944. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
20086-4 DG
World War II. Onlookers at the parade of November 11, 1944.
 
Roger-Viollet | 500602 | World War II. German occupation. May 1st, 1941 in Paris. Young Pétain supporters, selling badges of the Marshal. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
19789-2 DG
World War II. German occupation. May 1st, 1941 in Paris. Young Pétain supporters, selling badges of [...]
Roger-Viollet | 918342 | World War II. Liberation of Paris. FFI (French Forces of the Interior) lookout at the corner of a street, August 23-24, 1944. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
19858-1 DG
World War II. Liberation of Paris. FFI (French Forces of the Interior) lookout at the corner of a [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 1071153 | World War II. Liberation of Paris. Joyful demonstrations in front of Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral. Paris (4th arrondissement), August 25, 1944. Photograph by Pierre Jahan (1909-2003). | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
19910-15 DG
World War II. Liberation of Paris. Joyful demonstrations in front of Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral. [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 619982 | World War II. Liberation of Paris. Shooting at the place de la Concorde, August 26, 1944. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
19794-11 DG
World War II. Liberation of Paris. Shooting at the place de la Concorde, August 26, 1944.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1026745 | Opening of the box protecting the Mona Lisa, one year after its return at the Louvre Museum. Paris, 1946. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
20109-10 DG
Opening of the box protecting the Mona Lisa, one year after its return at the Louvre Museum. Paris, [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 962804 | Louvre museum, Paris. Redevelopment works in the Grande Galerie. Paris (1st arrondissement), 1947. Photograph by Pierre Jahan (1909-2003). | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
20572-9 DG
Louvre museum, Paris. Redevelopment works in the Grande Galerie. Paris (1st arrondissement), 1947. [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 341672 | Return of the masterpieces at the Louvre museum, after the war. Transport of a Rubens. Paris, 1945. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
20572-6 DG
Return of the masterpieces at the Louvre museum, after the war. Transport of a Rubens. Paris, 1945.
 
Roger-Viollet | 896207 | The French writer Colette at the window of her apartment at Palais Royal, Paris, 1941. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
19588-6 DG
The French writer Colette at the window of her apartment at Palais Royal, Paris, 1941.
 
Roger-Viollet | 647632 | Jean Cocteau, French writer, with Serge Reggiani and Jean Marais, in his flat at the Palais-Royal. Paris, September 1941. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
19588-1 DG
Jean Cocteau, French writer, with Serge Reggiani and Jean Marais, in his flat at the Palais-Royal. [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 1084057 | Paul Valéry (1871-1945), French writer, at home. Paris, February 1945. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
21761-3 DG
Paul Valéry (1871-1945), French writer, at home. Paris, February 1945.
 
Roger-Viollet | 284206 | Oppède (Vaucluse). Little girl. Palm Sunday, around 1940. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
21784-12 DG
Oppède (Vaucluse). Little girl. Palm Sunday, around 1940.
 
Roger-Viollet | 179676 | Young woman behind the wire netting of a hen coop. France, July 1941. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
21888-10 DG
Young woman behind the wire netting of a hen coop. France, July 1941.
 
Roger-Viollet | 785509 | Paris by night. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
20093-2 DG
Paris by night.
 
Roger-Viollet | 463876 | Parisian travelers in the subway, at night. Photograph by Pierre Jahan (1909-2003). | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
20093-3 DG
Parisian travelers in the subway, at night. Photograph by Pierre Jahan (1909-2003).
 
Roger-Viollet | 385139 | Waiter at the Brasserie Lipp, boulevard Saint-Germain. Paris (6th arrondissement), circa 1950. Photograph by Pierre Jahan (1909-2003). | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
19811-1 DG
Waiter at the Brasserie Lipp, boulevard Saint-Germain. Paris (6th arrondissement), circa 1950. [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 376040 | Turtledove in hands. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
22919-6 DG
Turtledove in hands.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1076138 | 4 CV Renault car in the middle of a flock of sheeps, near Saint-Malo (Ille-et-Vilaine), about 1955-1960. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
22855-9 DG
4 CV Renault car in the middle of a flock of sheeps, near Saint-Malo (Ille-et-Vilaine), about [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 570841 | Farm in Ile-de-France. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
21888-8 DG
Farm in Ile-de-France.
 
Roger-Viollet | 522471 | Mass for boy scouts. Paris, Trocadéro, April 1944. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
21784-6 DG
Mass for boy scouts. Paris, Trocadéro, April 1944.
 
Roger-Viollet | 482896 | Balloon seller at the Tuileries Garden. Paris (1st arrondissement), March 1938. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
21797-2 DG
Balloon seller at the Tuileries Garden. Paris (1st arrondissement), March 1938.
 
Roger-Viollet | 455067 | Collage on monotype, by Pierre Jahan, French photographer. 1985. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
20822-11 DG
Collage on monotype, by Pierre Jahan, French photographer. 1985.
 
Roger-Viollet | 483316 | Collage on monotype, by Pierre Jahan, French photographer. 1985. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
20822-18 DG
Collage on monotype, by Pierre Jahan, French photographer. 1985.
 
Roger-Viollet | 986887 | Feminine nude. France. 1948. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
19673-10 DG
Feminine nude. France. 1948.
 
Roger-Viollet | 713690 | Study of nudes. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
19749-9 DG
Study of nudes.
 
Roger-Viollet | 634595 | Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Pilgrims and sick people on the square of Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire basilica. Lourdes (France), June-July 1939. Photograph by Pierre Jahan (1909-2003). | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
78616-25 DG
Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Pilgrims and sick people on the square of Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire basilica. [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 978192 | Swing. La Baule (France), 1936. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
78191-25 DG
Swing. La Baule (France), 1936.
 
Roger-Viollet | 754264 | My face, advertising study. Pierre Jahan's face as a skull. Photograph by Pierre Jahan (1909-2003). | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
78191-4 DG
My face, advertising study. Pierre Jahan's face as a skull. Photograph by Pierre Jahan (1909-2003).
 
Roger-Viollet | 957681 | Advertising study : hand in a bathtub, 1957. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
78191-3 DG
Advertising study : hand in a bathtub, 1957.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1075076 | World War II. Liberation of Paris. English, French and American flags at the entrance of the Guerlain shop, during the parade on the avenue des Champs-Elysées. Paris (8th arrondissement), on November 11, 1944. Photograph by Pierre Jahan (1909-2003). | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
78172-3 DG
World War II. Liberation of Paris. English, French and American flags at the entrance of the [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 813722 | World War II. Place de la Concorde, on August 26, 1944. Photograph by Pierre Jahan (1909-2003). Paris, musée Carnavalet. | © Pierre Jahan / Musée Carnavalet / Roger-Viollet
76430-2 DG
World War II. Place de la Concorde, on August 26, 1944. Photograph by Pierre Jahan (1909-2003). [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 705377 | Georges Braque (1882-1963), French painter, in his small sculpture studio Paris, July 1943. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
24032-13 DG
Georges Braque (1882-1963), French painter, in his small sculpture studio Paris, July 1943.
 
Roger-Viollet | 961408 | Presentation of percherons during a show in Mortagne-au-Perche (Orne), October 1947. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
22696-9 DG
Presentation of percherons during a show in Mortagne-au-Perche (Orne), October 1947.
 
Roger-Viollet | 467666 | Advertisement for  Trois Quartiers  luggage in front of a Bloch M.B. 220 plane of Air France. Le Bourget airport (France), 1939. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
22928-5 DG
Advertisement for "Trois Quartiers" luggage in front of a Bloch M.B. 220 plane of Air France. Le [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 322222 | The Halles, in front of the Saint-Eustace church. Paris (1st arrondissement), end of 1944. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
22836-5 DG
The Halles, in front of the Saint-Eustace church. Paris (1st arrondissement), end of 1944.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1061436 | Sticking on monotype, by Pierre Jahan, French photographer. 1985. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
20822-6 DG
Sticking on monotype, by Pierre Jahan, French photographer. 1985.
 
Roger-Viollet | 221112 | World War II. Occupation. The Amar circus settled in a farm near Blois (Loir-et-Cher). Elephant ploughing, 1941. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
20032-13 DG
World War II. Occupation. The Amar circus settled in a farm near Blois (Loir-et-Cher). Elephant [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 685798 | Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French writer and director, in his apartment of the Palais-Royal. Paris, September 1947. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
19588-4 DG
Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), French writer and director, in his apartment of the Palais-Royal. Paris, [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 615129 | World War II. German occupation. Destruction of statues to recycle the metal. Alligators from the place de la Nation, by Georges Gardet (1863-1939). Paris, 1941. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
19463-20 DG
World War II. German occupation. Destruction of statues to recycle the metal. Alligators from the [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 1022510 | Renault car factory. Assembly line of 4 CV. Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine), circa 1946-1948. | © Pierre Jahan / Roger-Viollet
20660-3 DG
Renault car factory. Assembly line of 4 CV. Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine), circa 1946-1948.