PHOTOGRAPHY AS AN ART
THE STORY OF A LEGEND
Since its creation, the timeless and classic Studio Harcourt has been preserving and nurturing the fundamental values that have shaped its success and reputation: the demand for excellence, respect for aesthetics, French elegance and a very Parisian art of hospitality.
Conceived by Cosette Harcourt, an exceptional and modern woman who boldly lent her name to the studio, and the Lacroix brothers, visionary media moguls and experienced businessmen, Studio Harcourt began in 1934 in the very chic 8th arrondissement of Paris.
The aesthetic of the Harcourt photographic portrait draws its heritage from the glamour of the golden age of black-and-white French cinema. A style that is often imitated, but never identical, it is a token of eternity, an iconographic piece which has established itself as an indispensable signature over the years.
A true institution which is now an “Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant” (Living Heritage Company), the Harcourt brand is part of the collective unconscious and continues its quest for timelessness, leaving its mark in the imagination of time. A visual memory of the great artistic, cultural and political figures of the 20th century, the legend is as clear as day, defying the passage of time.
If the present is a grain of eternity as Nietzsche says, a Studio Harcourt portrait is a promise to preserve an unchanging moment of eternity, the precious memory of moments engraved forever, the essence of sheer emotion.
PHOTOGRAPHY AS AN ART
Mastery, excellence and expertise give the portrait its nest and most timeless artistic dimension, between mystery and legend.
The Greek etymology of “photography” means to “write with light” : Studio Harcourt has made this its mantra. Just like a sculptor, the photographer creates and shapes a background of light around the model. He interprets a symphony of light and shadows, delicate as a caress.
Within this unique image lies a story, an emotion, an expert alchemy of half-light. The light glorifies the sacred, the shadows channel the secrets of the unconscious, the soul reveals itself through the eyes of the most secret to the most vibrant.
The Harcourt mark tends to convey a mythological aspect into each portrait. Time is stopped, inviting you to enjoy an unforgettable moment.
LIGHT AS AN ART
Take another step in the art of Light and Beauty…Offer yourselves a special moment!
Slip into the skin of a photographer for a convivial and participatory afternoon. Our team reveals to you some secrets of the Studio Harcourt light, know-how and excellence that surround the birth of a portrait.
The makeup Artists of Harcourt Beauty Studio have the Art of highlighting and revealing the expression of the face. They give you the beauty secrets of the stars and their expertise to sublimate your gaze.
Keep the experience in our Shop
Discover the exclusive collections of Studio Harcourt Paris: unpublished creations, Champagne, cultural editions and makeup lines.
HOSTING AS AN ART
Elegant setting in a 19th century Haussmannian private hotel, Studio Harcourt Paris privatises itself on the occasion of a breakfast, business lunch, dinatory cocktail, product launch, seminar, private anniversaries, wedding...
A custom photographic service allows your guests to experience a unique experience and create an eternal and unique memory of your event.
FROM THE HARCOURT COFFEE TO THE CURIOTHEQUE AND BEYOND
At any time of the day, the Café Harcourt offers gourmet and timeless creations.
The red carpet of the monumental staircase will lead you to the second floor to discover the temporary exhibitions and photographic archives of the Curiotheque.