French photographer and cinematographer of Romanian origin, Eli Lotar (Eliazar Lotar Teodorescu, Paris, 1905 – 1969) arrived in France in 1924. Close to Germaine Krull—Lotar worked as her apprentice for a time—, his work was published in many of the avant-garde publications of the day, and featured in several major international photography exhibitions.
His series Abattoirs de la Villette, which fascinates the Surrealist Movement, is published in the magazine Documents by Georges Bataille. An active member of the AEAR (Association of Revolutionary Writers and Artists) in his role as head of the photography department, Lotar was a politically active artist and his work is a testament to the audacity, innovation and socio-political activism that characterized the interwar period. This retrospective exhibition was co-produced by the Jeu de Paume and the Centre Pompidou Paris.
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