Claude Azoulay

Born in 1934 - France


Claude Azoulay is a French artist born in Tunis in 1934. At the end of his high school in 1945, he started working for Paris Match, a world that has formed and strongly influenced him. He will only leave the newspaper in 1996.

It is under the patronage of Willy Rizzo, that he will learn the ins and outs of a photographer. He followed up and covered the big tragedies of the second half of the XXth century as the Algerian war, the Six-Day war, but also the Kippour, Lebanon and Yugoslavian wars.
He also realizes a great number of pictures on the famous film sets like "Le Clan des Siciliens", "Le Guignolo", "Un homme et une femme", "Bonjour Tristesse", or "Jules et Jim", in Saint-Tropez, London and Hollywood, and captures pictures of icons like Brigitte Bardot or Marilyn Monroe. Throughout his career, Claude Azoulay will photography a great number of personalities from the art world (Like Bacon, Warhol, Man Ray etc), the music world (Johnny Hallyday, Serge Gainsbourg) but also from the politicians (J.F. Kennedy and Général de Gaulle).

The Anne & Just Jaeckin Gallery held a retrospective exhibition in April and May 2015 representing 32 white and black photographs that the artist took between 1980 and 1950.

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