Blanc et Demilly
French, active 1924–1962
Blanc et Demilly is the name of the photography studio in Lyon run by Théodore (Théo) Blanc (1891–1985) and Antoine (Tony) Demilly (1892–1964), from 1924 to 1963. Blanc and Demilly inherited the studio from their father-in-law Édouard Bron upon his retirement and after both completing years of apprenticeship alongside him. Blanc and Demilly renamed and rebranded the firm, specializing in family photographs and portraits of Lyon’s political, literary, artistic, and medical celebrities. Expanding their studio practice, in 1935 they opened the gallery Blanc et Demilly, where they exhibited their artistic work and the pictures of talented amateurs.
Using the gallery to cultivate the photographic community of Lyon, they sold Rolleiflex and Leica cameras (which they introduced in Lyon in the late 1920s), organized workshops and competitions, and published a monthly Bulletin d’informations photographiques. Blanc et Demilly was commissioned to produce photographic illustrations for publications about Lyon. They participated in exhibitions throughout the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, often presenting their pictures under their own names, but with their joint signature. They closed the gallery in 1951, and, in 1963, with the arrival of new professionals, they faced a decrease of demand. They sold the studio, the signature, and almost all of their negatives to René Comte, who ultimately closed the studio three years later.
Introduction by Mitra Abbaspour, Associate Curator, Department of Photography, 2014
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