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D’URSEL ROLAND

Born in Brussels, (b.1926 – 2006).Starts his career at Gevaert (producers of photo materials) in Antwerp. Fascinated by the work of Cecil Beaton, he becomes a professional photographer in 1947. From 1948 to 1952 he produces a series of Artist’s portraits, after Madam Nadine Effront provided him introductions to the most famous artists of that period in Belgium and France. Influenced by the Cobra movement in 1950, he makes the illustrations for “Les Poupées de Dixmude” by Pierre Alechinsky. Meanwhile, he also does fashion photos for the magazine “Vogue”, first in Paris and later in London. The World Expo in Brussels, in 1958, gives an important stimulus to his photographic career. In 1959 he starts his own photo studio specializing in fashion and publicity (until 1977). Meanwhile he participates in several important exhibitions in Brussels (1953, 1956, 1963). Finally, in 1990, the Musée de la Photographie in Charleroi organizes the major exhibition “Portraits d’artistes 1948-1952″, with an accompanying publication, and in 1998 d’Ursel presents his work in gallery Rossaert in Antwerp.