The death of Yves Debraine
Yves Debraine sur une course automobile, 1970
Yves Debraine. Jean-Claude Killy, slalom géant, Adelboden, Suisse, années 1960
Yves Debraine. Jean-Paul Belmondo, reportage pour Life magazine, années 1960
Yves Debraine. Salvador Dali dans sa maison de Cadaqués, années 1970.
Yves Debraine. Auguste Piccard étudie le hublot d'un Bathyscaphe, Suisse, années 1950
Yves Debraine. Juan Manuel Fangio, GP d'Allemagne 1957, circuit du Nurburgring.
Yves Debraine. Charlie Chaplin rédige ses mémoires au Manoir de Ban, Corsier sur Vevey, Suisse, années 1960.
Yves Debraine. La famille Chaplin au cinéma Rex de Vevey, Suisse, années 1960.
The photographer-reporter Yves Debraine passed away last Thursday in Lausanne, at the age of 85. Based in Switzerland since 1948, the Parisian-born Debraine worked for decades for diverse titles such as L’Illustré, the Schweizer Illustrierte and L’Hebdo.
Trained at Agence France-Presse, Yves Debraine had a « very efficient style, avoiding free-looking images. He never had artistic ambition and refused homages and exhibitions, with the exception of one », claims those working on his archives, his son, Luc Debraine.
Yves Debraine collaborated with numerous other publications as Time, Stern, Epoca, and Paris Match, all the while being published in several books for Time-Life publishing.
A fortuitous encounter in 1952 on the steps of a hotel in Lausanne led him to meet Charlie Chaplin.
Thanks to this contact, at the age of 27, Yves Debraine became the official photographer of the actor and filmmaker, publishing many stories on the star as well as his holiday cards.
Yves Debraine is the father of our collaborator, Luc Debraine.