Albin-Guillot, Laure (c. 1880–1962)

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Albin-Guillot, Laure (c. 1880–1962)

French photographer, specializing in portraits, nudes, and photomicrography. Born around 1880, presumably in France; died in Nogent-sur-Marne, France, in 1962; married Albin Guillot (a scientific researcher), in 1901.

Head of Photography, Archives Service Beaux-Arts, Paris (1932); president of French Société Artistes Photographes (1935).

In addition to gaining recognition for her soft-focus portraits and nude studies, Laure Albin-Guillot and her husband, scientific researcher Albin Guillot, spent 30 years amassing a collection of micrographic specimens, including crystallizations, plant cells, and animal organisms. Continuing their research after his death in 1931 as a tribute to her husband, Albin-Guillot created a book of photogravures of 20 photomicrographs, some on colored metallic papers. The book, Micrographic décorative, was published in 1931, in an edition of 305 copies. She also wrote articles on photomicrography.

Albin-Guillot was at the center of Parisian photographic circles during the 1920s and '30s, with her portraits and nude studies frequently appearing in magazines. In 1922, she received a gold medal in a contest sponsored by La Revue française de photographic. In 1925, she had a solo exhibition in Paris, which included 40 prints. She also provided illustrations for two books: Paul Valéry's Le Narcisse in 1936, and Pierre Louÿs' Douze Chansons de Bilitis in 1937.

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