French photo novels 1930's

Vintage photos from French photo-novels from the 1930s

French photo-novels from the 1930s

Photo-novel magazines are similar to comic books, except of drawings, the panels contain photos of people with dialogue balloons inserted above their heads.

The most popular photo-novels in France were the crime novels.
Several photo agencies made stock photos for the photo-novels.  The publishers could select from the catalogue the photos needed for the novels.
Even Germaine Krull worked for these photo novels.  Krull made this kind of pseudo crime photos.

The style of this photos is exaggerated and close to the French films of the 1930's.
The captions on the back of the photo are a résumé of the balloon texts accompanying the photo.
Most of this photos were low cost realizations made on locations not in the studio.

In the 1930's France was a pioneer of the photo-novel.


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