The Gilles Traverso collection, Ephemeral Museum, Festivals and Congresses Palace until August 28th 2021, la Croisette, 06414 Cannes Cedex, daily open (2pm - 10pm), phones : 04.97.06.45.08 and 04.92.99.85.85, ticket full price : 2€.
The Traverso family lives in Cannes since 1850 and has begun pictures making in 1919 when the great-grandfahter Auguste just practises. After World War I he decides to become photographer for shooting parties, ceremonies or potent events. Auguste Traverso has covered the arriving of Louis Lumière at the Cannes train station in 1939 for the opening of the first Cannes Film Festival closed few days later due to World War II. He tries to teach photography to his own daughters without any success but his grandson Henri will follow his way. He uses a new and more usefull camera the Rolleiflex for shooting Jeanne Moreau, Kim Novak or Grace Kelly in glamour style rising up their audience. Gilles the Henri's son takes his first pictures in 1976 when he was 18 years old. His way of doing is building a relationship with his models for creating an atmosphere based on trust and making a good work. The Gilles Traverso purpose is taking pictures for books or exhibitions dedicated to motion picture. "The Cannes Film Festival icons" deals with the Gilles Traverso career including the meeting with Jane Fonda near the Carlton Hotel, Isabelle Adjani or BB with photographers on a beach.