Pierre Jahan (1909 -2003), Photographer. A man, a passion, a witness of the 20th century.
1909 -2003 Pierre Jahan Photographer A man, a passion, a witness of the 20th century.


« Promotional photography should not, in my opinion, have as sole objective, the perfect representation of the subject or the object presented ; it must above all, create an effect of surprise, draw the attention ; the unusual may not be the only formula but it is a good one. »


« To one of my friends who reproached me for enjoying myself while working, I replied : I can't help it, it's life that forces me to be whimsical. »

Industrial photo report

«I never felt as free as when I was doing my industrial photo reports.»


« Landscapes and animals always fascinated me. The sea and the waves are inexhaustible themes for photographs. I also love animals. They feel it and they respond to it. I have only good memories of the photo reports I made with animals.»


« Some photographers will see in the photography of a naked woman only an excuse for erotism. They will hardly ever make good photos. Your curiosity must, first and foremost, be that of an artist … in all humility. »


« I always liked the night … but how different my moonlights on the Loire river from the lights of the city! Paris by night was as lively as Paris by day. In 1933,  almost the whole city was made of stones, stones which, whether day or night, reflected the light so perfectly.» 


« I really played with films on old stones, churches, mansions, sculptures, interior and exterior architectures. I sometimes had THE revelation as for the capitals of the church of Chavigny where the Romanesque sculpture really plunged into the world of make-believe and surrealism.» 


« Surrealism … takes advantage of ambiguity and lends itself to transposition » André Breton used to say. I think that a photographer who suggests, describes or finds so much (even though it is his duty never to falsify) is also entitled to use his negatives as a material  which can create a dream. Surrealism is often pathetic or cruel, so why couldn't it be loveable and poetic?»