Marc Held, born on August 16, 19321 in Paris, is a French architect, designer and photographer.
Marc Held was born in 1932 into a Jewish family emigrating from Central Europe. After growing up in Bagnolet, in a world steeped in the communist ideal, he found refuge with his mother in Corrèze during the Occupation, where he discovered nature and peasant architecture and became a young resistant at the age of 12. Back in Paris in the 1950s, it was time for theatre with Jean Vilar’s NPT, jazz in the cellars of Saint-Germain. Marc Held was almost twenty years old when he discovered photography. After having been a theatre host and physical education teacher2 he became passionate about design and architecture while practicing “humanist” photography.