Daniel Masclet (1892-1969) was a central figure in French photography from the 1930s to the 1950s. Most known for organizing the groundbreaking 1933 exhibition of nude photography and its corresponding book, Nus: La Beauté de la femme, Masclet’s own artistic achievements in photography have been largely overlooked in the United States.
Masclet lovingly photographed his wife Francesca throughout his career. His early portraits of her, which are often both sensual and androgynous, challenge traditional gender roles. Masclet’s street scenes, nudes and still lifes are concurrent with the development of avant-garde ideas of the period. His work was exhibited in numerous exhibitions in France and abroad beginning in 1927 and continuing even after his death.