Jacques-André Boiffard

1902 (Épernon, France) – 1961 (Paris)

Naville, a schoolfriend, introduced him to Breton, and later (after Boiffard abandoned photography) had his help in his behavioural-science research. Boiffard was Man Ray’s assistant for 5 years, often living in his studio. Éluard and Vitrac were his co-authors for the editorial in the first issue of ‘La Révolution surréaliste.’ He illustrated Breton’s ‘Nadja’, and after being excommunicated by Breton, helped Prévert attack him in print, and worked with Bataille on his influential review ‘Documents.’ Lotar set off on a round-the-world journey with him, though they never got beyond Tangier.