Roger Populaire, Belgian Pictorialist and Modernist




Roger Populaire, started in the twenties as a Pictorialist and was strongly influenced by the work of his close friend Léonard Misonne. In the beginning he was mainly known for his intimate landscapes. His images are more Symbolist than Impressionist.

Roger PopulaireDuring his Pictorialist period Roger Populaire was a fighter for the right for photography as an independent art form. He wrote an important article in the Magazine of the Belgian Photographic Society (APB) in which he defended an autoregulation for Art Photographers using limited editions and standard prices. He wrote this article in 1936...

In the fifties Populaire's pictures became more modernist in style.

As an amateur-photographer he celebrated the black country around Charleroi (B) and the quiet corners of the Walloon courts.

At the end of his life Roger Populaire rediscovered the still life. He observed ordinary objects with astonishment and a fresh look. No complex compositions nor heavy messages, everyday life had become his favourite subject.

At the same time he made a roundup of his career as a photographer. He made 5 albums with his most important photographs and added exhibition labels and personal notes. The AnamorFose Photo Gallery has these albums in its collection.

I invite you to discover the beautiful and interesting work of an interesting photographer.

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