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Lucien Clergue (1934–2014)

The French photographer Lucien Clergue died in Nîmes on November 15 after a long illness, reports Coline Milliard at Artnet. In 1957, Clergue published his first book, Corps mémorables, which featured poems by Paul Éluard and an introduction by Jean Cocteau, while Pablo Picasso, a friend of the photographer, designed the book cover. In 1961, Edward Steichen, the director of the department of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, bought ten of Clergue's prints and exhibited them alongside those of Bill Brandt and Yasuhiro Ishimoto. As an advocate for the medium of photography, Clergue convinced Jean-Maurice Rouquette, the curator of the Musée Réattu in Arles in the 1960s, to start a photography department—the first of its kind in France. Clergue also founded the photography festival Les Rencontres d'Arles in 1970. In 2006, he was elected to France's Académie des Beaux-Arts, the first photographer ever to receive that honor.