Hotel Feature – Le Chaufourg

Le Chaufourg
en Périgord,  Dordogne

In the heart of the Périgord, overlooking the Isle river is the 17th Century manor house photographer Georges Dambier converted to a romantic hotel in the late 80’s. 
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Georges Dambier was 20 when the Second World War came to an end, a moment when the social scene in Paris suddenly took off. Nightlife, subdued during the Occupation, exploded. Le Bœuf sur le toit, Le Lido, la Rose Rouge, Le Lorientais, Le Tabou : he frequented cabarets and jazz clubs in Saint Germain des Prés, where famous artists and celebrities organised glittering parties and balls. One night, he managed to take pictures of Rita Hayworth who had come incognito to a famous night club, Le Jimmy’s. He sold the exclusive images to France Dimanche, a daily magazine recently created by Max Corre and Pierre Lazareff, and won himself a job on the magazine as a photo-reporter. In his new post, he was sent to all over the world to cover current events. However, with his predilection for graphic design and aesthetics, his liking for refined mise-en-scene, and at the urging of many friends, such as Capucine, Suzy Parker, Jacques Fath, Bettina, Brigitte Bardot, Jean Barthet, he was led towards fashion photography.   -excerpt from Georges Dambier website, continued [here]

Georges Dambier Photography
Fashion model and actress, “Capucine”
photograph by Georges Dambier for ELLE 1953

Images from:  Chaufourg website and

update 2012:  La Chaufourg now closed.

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