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November 12, 2021

Séeberger Brothers: The Fathers of Street Style Photography

The fathers of fashion street style photography: The Séeberger Brothers, Jules (1872-1932), Louis (1874-1946) and Henri (1876-1956) who with their cameras at the beginning of the 20th century were snapping pictures from the wealthy people in the streets of Paris and selling their shoots to magazines.

As impromptu portraits of beautiful women in inimitable finery at racecourses, resorts, and cafes began to appear in magazines, designers such as Chanel, Hermes, and Madeleine Vionnet rushed to send their models to posh watering holes to be photographed with the beau monde.

While not so famous at the time they were taking their photos, nowadays they are back to the fashion limelight giving inspiration to designers and stylists. The Séeberger Brothers have left a precious archive for the fashion industry. Brothers Jean (1910-1979) and Albert (1914-1999) sons of Louis and only descendants of the family, together form the “second generation”.

These elegant photos were taken by the Séeberger Brothers that show street styles in the 1920s and 1930s.


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