45,000 portraits by Boris Lipnitzki are now digitized

A digitization project sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Communication

Born in Russia in 1887, Boris Lipnitzki settled in Paris in 1921. After creating his photographic studio, he met fashion designer Paul Poiret who introduced him to his clients. In 1924, he started to publish fashion photographs, portraits of well-known figures and photo reports on Parisian socialite life. At the onset of WWII, he had fled German occupied France, to stay with his friend Marc Chagall in New-York. Back in Paris after the war, he reopened Studio Lipnitzki, which covered Parisian theatre, ballet and opera events until the late 1960s. Boris Lipnitzki died in Paris in 1971.
His portraits of well-known figures from the world of performing arts, writers, musicians, artists and Parisian creators from all disciplines is true artistic “Who’s Who” of the 1930s to the 1950s.
Sponsored by the French Ministery of Culture and Communication, Parisienne de Photographie has digitized over 40,000 negatives from the portraits collection between 2012 and 2014, now available on Paris en Images.

More information

  • Find them on Paris en Images
  • Boris Lipnitzki's fashion photographs
  • Sponsored by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication as part of the 2012 call for digitization projects of the Research and Technology Department.
  • Image : "La Fiancée du Diable", ballet by Boris Kochno. Roland Petit. Paris, théâtre des Champs-Élysées, march 1946.
    © Boris Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet