Frasnay, Daniel  (French, b.1928)

Pierre Brochet (1922-2016) was a French photographer, printer and educator. He specialized in antiquarian photographic processes and in the early 1980s played a significant role in the revival of photogravure in France. In 1985 Brochet started the L’association pour la photographie ancienne (APA) which specializes in the study and the practice of the antiquarian photographic processes, especially photogravure. Over the course of his career Brochet, in addition to his own work, executed photogravure projects for many institutions including the Musée Carnavalet, Fondation Claude Monet, Centre National Pompidou and from photographs by a whose who of French photographers including Nègre, Atget, Boubat, Puyo, Salgado and many others. Brochet’s atelier was located in his home in Beaumont-du-Gâtinais, France.

Born in a Parisian suburb in 1928, Daniel Frasnay was first apprenticed to the portrait photographer Roger Carlet. After working at Studio Harcourt and with Boris Lipnitzki, he was hired by Henri Varna to photograph the cabaret scene in Paris. Frasnay’s photographs beautifully capture the complexity of Paris, from its glamour to its grime.