Lucien Clergue Photography: Ray of Light

Lucien Clergue is considered to be one of France's greatest living photographers. Lucien Clerque has been a prolific photographer and has created a wonderful portfolio of cityscapes, landscapes, and nudes. Lucien Clergue is an inventive master of composition. Through his lens he has captured the wonder of light and shadow. The resulting images look effortless and natural; they are clean, sensuous yet pure, and attain a quiet, understated elegance. Lucien Clergue's nudes have attained iconic status, and so have his portraits of Pablo Picasso.

Master of Light
Photography by Lucien Clergue

Lucien Clergue was born in 1934 in Arles, France. His photography is deeply rooted in the Mediterranean culture. Lucien Clergue began taking photographs in 1953, at the age of 19. He quickly achieved renown, but he declined offers from Paris-Match and Vogue, adhering to a vocation as an artist. Lucien Clergue's photographs have been widely exhibited, including the by now legendary show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1961, which was the last exhibit organized by Edward Steichen.

If you like the work of Lucien Clergue, be sure to check our other tributes: we love the photography by Jeanloup Sieff, Fernand Fonssagrives and Ruth Bernhard in our Masters of Photography series.