Georges Dambier was born in 1925 in France. Initially trained in painting and graphic design, Dambier only picked up a camera when he began to work for photographer Willy Rizzo. Rizzo mentored him, teaching him the fundamentals of photography. After World War 2 ended, Parisian nightlife exploded and Dambier attended many nightclubs and cabarets in the Left Bank of Paris around Saint Germain Des Prés. He met artists, models, celebrities, and took their photographs. He began to sell his photographs to France Dimanche, a daily magazine. He quickly earned the job as the magazines photo-reporter. He was able to travel the world and photograph current events. He eventually began to evolve towards fashion photography. He was hired by ELLE magazine’s director Helene Lazareff and began to shoot fashion photography. He redefined french fashion photography of the time. No longer were models posing lifeless, they were laughing, playing, and running around. In 1954 Dambier was asked to lead Magnum Photography’s fashion department. This job never worked out due to Robert Capa’s death though. Dambier still does freelance photography and has a magazine with his friend Maurice Siegel called VSD.
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