Jacques Boiffard

Jacques-André Boiffard (1902-1961) was a French photographer, born in Epernon in Eure-et-loire. He was a medical student in Paris until 1924 when he met André Breton throughPierre Naville, a Surrealist writer, and childhood friend.

In the mid-1920s, Boiffard decided to dedicate himself to research in the Bureau of Surrealist Research, writing the preface with Paul Éluard and Roger Vitrac to the first issue of La Révolution surréaliste. Preferring photography to literature, he served as Man Ray’s assistant from 1924 to 1929. During the 1920s, he took portraits of the English writer Nancy Cunard and photographs of Paris which Breton used to illustrate his novel Nadja.

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