Estate of Yvon

Born in Bordeaux in 1886, Jean Pierre Yves Petit moved to the French capital as a young man; there he parlayed a childhood passion for photography into a job at the august culture magazine L’Illustration. Adopting the pen name Yvon (to avoid confusion with a popular portrait photographer named Pierre Petit), he published his first photo essay in 1919: “Ciels et Reflets de Paris” (“Skies and Reflections of Paris”), a series of six melancholy cityscapes in which overcast skies played a starring role. Yvon's solo exhibition at Higher Pictures, Yvon's Paris: Vintage Photographs from the 1920s, was held in 2010-11.