Studio Harcourt is one of the most glamorous photographic studios in the world. Their pictures of the great and the good – stars, actors, Oscar winners, singers and dancers – are iconic. The subtle play of shadow and light along with the elegant white halos has made them instantly recognisable.
Catherine Renard, the CEO of Studio Harcourt said: “Studio Harcourt is the oldest portrait studio in the world. You know, of course, that photography was born in France, photography techniques, and then portrait studios. Why? Because people realised that photography was about to replace painted portraits.”
Invited to the studio for a portrait session, French actress Sara Martins said it felt like an honour and an achievement to have a portrait done there: “Studio Harcourt is so linked to cinema. Everyone recognises their portraits. They are black and white ‘Harcourt Portraits’. They are the memory of the golden age of Hollywood. So it’s very flattering to think “I’m part of this catalogue.”“
But portraits here don’t come cheap. You will not get much change from a thousand pounds to get your picture taken here. Which is why the Studio has now introduced photo booths – so that everyone can get the glamour treatment. The booths have much better lighting than normal ones and you get three chances to chose a snap you like.
The photo booth costs a modest 10 euros.