Marc Lacroix was born in Paris on 1 November 1927. He began taking photographs – street scenes of his Paris neighbourhood – in 1941, aged 14, using a camera received as a present from an uncle. He later trained in the laboratory of photographers Pierre and Jacques Oxenaar and undertook diploma studies at the Vevey photography school in Switzerland. He also studied graphic design at the EPDI private school in Paris. In post-war Paris he took his first portraits of jazz musicians, including Claude Luter, Sidney Bechet, Mustache [François-Alexandre Galepides], Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Velma Middleton.
He joined the French army in 1947 for his national service and served in Morocco, where he established the first military photography laboratory at the Casablanca air base. He settled in Morocco and established himself as an architecture and design photography specialist. He became the correspondent of several art, architecture and interior design magazines, such as Architectural Digest, House & Garden, Plaisir de France, Connaissance des Arts, etc. It was during his time in Morocco that he documented the mechanics workshop at ORT Casablanca [see image]. In 1965, having returned to France and settled in Nice, he met the photographer Brassaï, whose photographs he admired. The two formed a friendship and working relationship which lasted until Brassai’s death in 1984. Lacroix continued to associate with a creative set, including artist Salvador Dali, with whom he collaborated on a series of portraits throughout the 1970s. A room on the first floor of the Dali Museum in Figueres, Catalonia has been permanently dedicated to Marc Lacroix.
Marc Lacroix passed away in France on 6 July 2007.