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The Museum of Avant-garde

Francis Bruguière

USA (1879—1945)
Bruguière discovered photography travelling to New York, where he met Eugene and Stieglitz, who introduced him to avant-garde photography with Camera Work and Photo-Secession. In 1906 he opened his own portrait studio in San Francisco and from 1919 in New York. Here he worked as a commercial photographer for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, combining his work with a passion for theatre and becoming the official photographer of Theater Guild. A large body of work was meant to become a movie with Sebastian Droste entitled The Way (never completed). In 1928 he moved to London where he produced the abstract film Light Rhythm. He continued his career until 1937, when he left photography for painting and sculpture until his death.

Woman on telephone

Solarized multiple exposure / Original photography / Gelatin silver print / 22 x 17.4 cm / 1936 / © 1991 Kenneth H. Bruguière and Kathleen Bruguière Anderson

St. Paul's cathedral abstraction

Original photography / Gelatin silver print / 17.5 x 24.2 cm / 1931 / © 1991 Kenneth H. Bruguière and Kathleen Bruguière Anderson

The light that never was on land or sea

Original photography / Gelatin silver print / 18.2 x 23.1 cm / 1927 / © 1991 Kenneth H. Bruguière and Kathleen Bruguière Anderson

Abstract study

Original photography / Gelatin silver print / 24.4 x 19.3 cm / 1929 / © 1991 Kenneth H. Bruguière and Kathleen Bruguière Anderson

Cut paper abstraction

Original photography / Gelatin silver print / 18.6 x 23.3 cm / 1930 / © 1991 Kenneth H. Bruguière and Kathleen Bruguière Anderson

Departure abject misery

Original photography / Gelatin silver print / 19.4 x 24.2 cm / 1926 / © 1991 Kenneth H. Bruguière and Kathleen Bruguière Anderson

Design in abstract forms of light

Original photography / Gelatin silver print / 18.8 x 23.8 cm / 1930 / © 1991 Kenneth H. Bruguière and Kathleen Bruguière Anderson

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Theater portrait / Original photography / Gelatin silver print / 18.2 x 22.2 cm / n.d. / © 1991 Kenneth H. Bruguière and Kathleen Bruguière Anderson

Solarized still life

Original photography / Gelatin silver print / 21.9 x 17.2 cm / 1936 / © 1991 Kenneth H. Bruguière and Kathleen Bruguière Anderson

The heart rejoices at release

Original photography / Gelatin silver print / 19.1 x 17.5 cm / 1930 / © 1991 Kenneth H. Bruguière and Kathleen Bruguière Anderson

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Solarized nude / Original photography / Gelatin silver print / 24.2 x 17 cm / 1936 / © 1991 Kenneth H. Bruguière and Kathleen Bruguière Anderson

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Multiple exposure / Original photography / Gelatin silver print / 18.3 x 18.1 cm / 1932 / © 1991 Kenneth H. Bruguière and Kathleen Bruguière Anderson

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Original photography / Gelatin silver print / 18.6 x 23.5 cm / n.d. / © 1991 Kenneth H. Bruguière and Kathleen Bruguière Anderson