Photographers to the rich and famous

Harcourt has photographed modern sports stars Lewis Hamilton and Andy Murray

Portraits from Paris’s fashionable Harcourt studios have been coveted for decades, as Samantha David finds

The Harcourt photography studio in Paris is famous for its stunningly beautiful pictures of actors and actresses.

In a Studio Harcourt portrait, the skin is alabaster, the eyes fixed on some dreamy point in the distance, and the hair, like the background, is wreathed in smoky shadows.

“You are not a real actor if you’ve not been photographed by Studio Harcourt,” said French philosopher and writer Roland Barthes in 1957.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth

The studio, which was founded in 1934 by the Lacroix brothers, got its name from Germaine Hirschefeld, who worked under the pseudonym Cosette Harcourt. She was the photographer whose style ...

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