Photographs below by Ervin Marton – Left to Right:
Marton-Picasso-Cocteau-Chaplin-Armstrong-Chagall-Camus-Terrain Vague


 Born in Budapest, Hungary, he moved to France in 1937 and when the war broke out, as part of the FTP-MOI, joined the French Resistance. Besides his extensive graphic, painting, and sculpture work, he specialized in street photography – he admired Atget. Living in post-war Paris gave him the opportunity to take portraits of Gaston Bachelard, Paul Léautaud, Blaise Cendrars, Jacques Prévert, Yves Montand, Juliette Gréco, Foujita, Marcel Jouhandeau, and many others.
He was friends with other Hungarian emigrés such as Brassai and Kertész. Cendrars called him “l’as du noir et du blanc” (the ace of black and white).

– for more information see below –

(1912 -1968)
a photographer and an artist



“The poet and novelist Blaise Cendrars called him “l’as du noir et blanc” – the champ of black and white photography.

“an extraordinary poetry and quality/une qualité et une poésie extraordinaire”
Marta Gili – Jeu de Paume Museum Director/Directrice du Musée du Jeu de Paume, Paris



His works are in the National Gallery Museum in Budapest, as well as in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.

His body of photographs starts in his native Hungary with portraits of Hungarian Roma and landscapes.
Later living in Paris, he specializes in street scenes and French landmarks, as well as in portraits of artists and intellectuals (Picasso, Chagall, Cocteau, Léautaud, Mauriac, Jacques Prévert, Darius Milhaud, Albert Schweitzer, Jean Genet, Albert Camus, Chaplin, Gaston Bachelard, Yves Montand, Juliette Gréco, Leonor Fini, Foujita, Marcel Jouhandeau, and many others.
In 1959, he publishes Paris m’a souri, a portrait of Paris, with the poet Maurice Fombeure.
One of the photographers he admired was Atget.






A collage/homage to his work and his WWII resistance activity – from a recent Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Commemoration.
CocteauHandsShadCocteau: To Ervin as a Friendly Souvenir / À Ervin En Souvenir Amical

with Maurice Fombeure,1958 Paris Grand Prix of Poetry offers a historical walk...

“An admirable book” – John Szarkowski, Director of Photography at MoMA

Please contact em (arobase en Français – at in English) ervinmarton.com
or use this form.
Several universities and museums declined to accept Munkácsi’s archives and they were scattered around the world…
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  1. I’m a photography student at the Art Institute of North Hollywood and was curious to know what type of camera did Ervin Marton use in his wor, Paris; The Post-War Years?

    • Admin

      Thank you for writing.
      Not all of his work, but for most of it he used a couple of Rolleiflexes and at times some larger format camera as well as a 35 mm camera.
      And later in his career, he also used a Linhof.
      Good luck with your studies!
      P.S.: A view of Ervin Marton with some of his cameras has been recently added onto the front-page!

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