MAURICE TABARD

Maurice Tabard was a French photographer. Tabard was one of the leading photographers of the Surrealist movement, which he entered under the influence of his friend, American photographer Man Ray. Following the death of his father in 1922, Tabard became a professional portrait photographer for Bachrach Studio in Baltimore. He went on to photograph important homes and well-known people, including future President Calvin Coolidge and his family. In 1928, Tabard returned to Paris and became a fashion photographer. It was there he met the Surrealist writer, Philippe Soupault, who in turn acquainted him with various prominent magazine editors including Lucien Vogel, Giron, and Alexey Brodovitch. He went on to work for a number of publications, such as Bifur, Vu, and Le Jardin des Modes. He made the acquaintance of Surrealists Man Ray and René Magritte, with his work beginning to reflect the influence of Surrealism. In the late 1920s, he also met Roger Parry, to whom he taught photography, and André Kertész.

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