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Henri Dauman

Though the subjects in front of his lens are some of the most famous people who ever lived, LIFE photographer Henri Dauman managed to create some of the most iconic images of the 20th century without ever becoming a household name. Photographing everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Elvis Presley to Jacqueline Kennedy on the day of her husband’s funeral in 1963, Dauman filled the pages of LIFE, Newsweek and the New York Times, among other publications, with photos that play like a slideshow of some of the biggest moments in American history and popular culture.


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Selected personalities Henri has collaborated with

  • Elvis Presley
  • Miles Davis
  • John Coltrane
  • Duke Ellington
  • Thelonious Monk
  • Tim Buckley
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Brigitte Bardot
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Jane Fonda
  • Martha Stewart
  • Jane Seberg
  • Andy Warhol
  • Marcel Marceau
  • JFK
  • Jackie Kennedy
  • Malcolm X
  • Mickey Mantle
  • Richard Nixon
  • Casey Stengle
  • Stan Musial
  • Jean-Luc Godard
  • Eugene Ionesco
  • Frederico Fellini
  • Truman Capote

Henri brings viewers face to face with the major world leaders and celebrities of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. In his one-of-a-kind collection, he has pointed his lens on over 100 leaders, artists, writers, and icons from across the social spectrum to create profound portraits of life in that era.

He captured “influencers” on their ascent, at their peak, and at their most intimate – with unique access, candor and craft. These photographs offer an intimate glimpse of the personalities behind the biggest public faces of the time.

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Looking Up II

Now showing at KP Projects in La Brea / Los Angeles

Take A Stroll Through The Exhibition

Exhibition “Henri Dauman: Looking Up II”

Now at KP Projects LA • June 22nd – August 10

The feature film about my work and my life “Looking Up” has been released via Samuel Goldwyn films.