Tikhomiroff joined Magnum Photos in 1959.
French, b. 1927
Nicolas Tikhomiroff was born in Paris to Russian "émigrés" parents.
He spent his school years in a special boarding school for children
of a similar background: those with Russian as a first language,
followed by French. He joined the army at the age of 17 following
the Liberation of Paris, then spent several months in Germany,
followed by three years in Indochina.
After finishing his military service, Tikhomiroff found work in the
darkroom of a fashion photographer. Using a Rolleiflex, he began to
take photographs for many magazines, including Marie France.
In 1956, a decisive encounter with French journalist Michel
Chevalier led him to accompany Chevalier as a freelance
photographer. This relationship resulted in long trips to the Soviet
Union, Africa, and the Middle East.
Tikhomiroff joined Magnum in 1959 and completed numerous photo
stories on subjects such as the Algerian War, Vietnam, Cambodia and
Laos. He also contributed to an important Magnum project on World
Cinema, meeting Orson Welles, Fellini, Visconti and many others. He
developed a close friendship with Welles while photographing the
filming of The Trial and Falstaff.
Tikhomiroff also undertook advertising and fashion assignments.
Although he was never a full member of Magnum Photos, his earlier
work is still distributed by the agency.
Tikhomiroff retired from professional activities in 1987. He now
lives in Provence in the south of France, where he spends much of
his time working on personal projects and essays.
2006 Festival Internazionale di Roma, Rome, Italy
2006 Doozo Art Books, Rome, Italy
2002 Mars 1961 Piaf en Studio, Sillages, France