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French photographer Denise Colomb dies

PARIS, Jan 2 (AFP) – French photographer Denise Colomb, best known for a series of portraits of artists like Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti, died Thursday at her Paris home, her family announced. She was 101.

French Culture Minister Jean-Jacques Aillagon on Friday paid tribute to Colomb, calling her “one of the great photographers and an important witness to the events of the 20th century.” Colomb, born in 1902 in the French capital, first studied the cello at the

Paris conservatory, but she gave up a career in music when she refused to participate in any competitions due to stage fright.

She took up photography during a 1935 trip to Vietnam with her husband, who had given her a small camera. In Saigon, she began taking portraits of strangers.

In 1947, she started her well-known series of portraits of artists, including Picasso, Giacometti, Nicolas de Stael and Antonin Artaud. Colomb celebrated her 101st birthday in April 2003, surrounded by her three children, eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.


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