Albert Monier

Albert Monier self-portrait

Albert Monier is a French photographer born in May 1915 in Savignat in the Cantal département in France.  He does not appear to be well known today — I have not been able to find a detailed website about him even in French — but Monier produced some of the most remarkable photographs of his native Cantal and, later and more famously, of Paris.  What I find most intriguing about Monier is that he was a serious photographer who worked mostly in the postcard format, and his postcards reflect an eye for framing, light, and detail not commonly seen in postcards.  This website states he sold over 80 million copies of his postcards, which shows his prominence, and underlines how surprising it is his works are not better documented online.

I am happy to note that there is a Musee Albert Monier in Condat, in the Cantal, although there is little information about it online.  There is also this 27 minute film from 1993, although it is pay-per-view.

Please see below some scans of Monier postcards from my collection, organized into several categories. All original images are copyright Albert Monier.

Purely artistic photographs:

Communications (1957)

L’Ecriture de la Lumiere (1948)

Condamnés (1956)

Ballet de Soleil (1957)

Visages du Soleil

Images of workers and others:

Sous les ponts de Paris




Contemplation (1951)

Portraits sans Visages (1959)

PRESTIGE DE LA MER Maille à maille, jour après jour

Paris postcards:

Perspective à la Madeleine (1950)

PARIS – Opéra Possédé du Soleil (1954)

PARIS Le Quai de Bourbon vers le Pont Marie (1952)

PARIS – 72 Rue Mouffetard (1952)

Montmartre Mystique (1500)

Montmartre Mystique

Transfiguation (19551501)

Transfiguration (1955)

Animal Photographs:

Monier En Auvergne – Vache de Salers

Crépuscule (1956)

Les Pauvres (1948)

Nature photographs:

Etude (1934)

Monier 1959 Décembre A952

Décembre (1959)

Monier 1957 A la rencontre de l'enthousiasme2 AH951

A la rencontre de l’enthousiasme (1957)

2 Responses to Albert Monier

  1. Marie Anne Beauchesne says:

    What does the difference in the signatures signify ? On some cards it’s in a raised format and other cards have it in writing ?

    • vodem says:

      If I am understanding your question correctly, I believe it is just a stylistic difference based on when the cards were produced. Monier produced cards over so many years that there are various differences in the layouts of the cards, including the signatures, depending upon production date. Thanks for your interest!

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