Pierre Boucher began as an illustrator in the advertising department of the Printemps department store chain, then joined the Tolmer workshop (led by Claude Tolmer and Alexey Brodovich who held his classes there from 1926 to 1927).
The House, which specialised in advertising for companies connected to the world of luxury goods and fashion (Piguet, Lelong, Molyneux, Patou, etc.) incorporated a graphics workshop where Pierre Boucher worked from 1927 to 1928, and a photography workshop where Jean Moral worked from 1928 to 1932. Jean Moral worked on illustrations and photography, drawing Pierre Boucher's attention to photography.
From 1928 to 1930, during his military service, Boucher studied photography in the air force's photography division. Perhaps because of his beginnings at the Tolmer studio, Boucher was more aware of graphics, and never lost his taste for photomontage and recomposing images. His photos range from experimentation to documentary photography, dipping into photo-graphics, industrial photography, reportages and nude photography along the way.
Of the photographers here, he was certainly the most open to different currents. His collaboration with René Zuber4, who was aware of the Bauhaus' aesthetic, put him on the path toward New Objectivity, and his work with nudes turned towards phantasmagoria.
"Like Man Ray, Pierre Boucher is above all an illustrator. He astonishes us with the extreme richness of his ideas, his limitless imagination, his original, confident taste. For him, photography is a second way of expressing the artistic thought that his pencil has already sketched »
MNAM, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Musée Nicéphore Nièpce, Chalon-sur-Saône