David Douglas Duncan

David Douglas Duncan, born in 1916 in Kansas City, Missouri, embarked on his professional career as a war photojournalist in the Western Pacific during World War Two. In 1946, hired by Life magazine, he would travel the world to cover numerous armed conflicts. Especially well known are his combat photographs of the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Duncan met Pablo Picasso on 8 February 1956, the same day he had stopped over at his home in the south of France on his way back from the East and before travelling to Africa. Robert Capa had promised to introduce him to the artist, but had died two years before being able to do so, in the First Indochina War. Duncan rung Picasso's home La Californie in Cannes, introducing himself as a friend of Capa's who just wanted to greet him. Jacqueline answered the phone and invited Duncan to pay them a visit. The encounter marked the beginning of a warm-hearted friendship with Picasso and Jacqueline that would last until the artist's death in 1973, seventeen years later.

Their relationship was captured in Duncan's photographs, especially those produced between 1956 and 1962, which give us a glimpse of Picasso's life and artistic processes as seen through the eyes of a friend. This year, in which we re commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of Museu Picasso, Duncan pays tribute to his friend by donating 161 of these photographs to the museum (modern digital prints measuring 50 x 60 cm developed on Inkjet Gold Fibre Silk paper). Today we show a selection of pictures taken in La Californie.