“In 1949 the photographer Lucien Hervé took photographs of Unité d’Habitation, an innovative apartment building in Marseille. He sent them to the building’s architect, Le Corbusier, who immediately realised that after forty years of searching he had finally found a photographer with an ‘architect’s soul’.” – Thames & Hudson
Hervé and Le Corbusier’s collaboration lasted for 15 years until Le Corbusier’s rather unexpected and watery death in 1965. Over 1000 of Hervé’s beautiful vintage prints have been collected in Le Corbusier & Lucien Hervé: The Architect & The Photographer – A Dialogue (2011). The drama of Le Corbusier’s work is is ignited by Hervé’s artistry who uses bold contrasts to bring texture and architectural detail into stark relief.
Editor Jacques Sbriglio has chosen 16 of Le Corbusier iconic structures – from Paris to Ronchamp, from Chandigarh to Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and illustrated them with Hervé’s contact sheets and handwritten notes.
In 2002 the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles acquired over 18,000 negatives and colour transparencies taken by Hervé as Le Corbusier’s official photographer. The photographic legacy of the Hungarian-born photographer has led to a series of exhibitions including shows at the Hôtel de Sully (Paris, 2002), CIVA (Bruxelles, 2005), Fondation Le Corbusier (Paris, 2007) and the Palazzo Te (Mantova, 2009).
Book details: Thames & Hudson