Edgar Domingo de Evia y Joutard|
(July 30, 1910 - February 10, 2003) Mexico - U.S.A.
Edgar was born in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico. His mother was Pauline Joutard, a French-born pianist who performed under the stage name Miirrha Alhambra. His father was Domingo Fernando Evia y Barbachano, a wealthy landowner who was a member of two families that have been prominent in the politics and culture of Yucatán since the mid 19th century, one of which, the Barbachanos, has been described as "one of the most powerful of Yucatán's oligarchy."
On 30 June 1912, at the age of two, Evia arrived with his family in New York City. He graduated from The Dalton School in 1931. Based on immigration and other official records, it appears that Evia altered his surname to "de Evia" sometime after 1942, at which time he was using the professional name Edgar D. Evia.
Frequently producing images utilizing soft focus and diffusion, de Evia was dubbed a "master of still life" in the 1957 publication Popular Photography Color Annual. In a review of the book, The New York Times stated that "Black and white [photography] is frequently interspersed through the book and serves as a reminder that black and white still has a useful place, even in a world of color, often more convincingly as well. This is pointed up rather persuasively in the portfolio on Edgar de Evia as a 'master of still life' and in the one devoted to the work of Rene Groebil."
For almost two decades his home and studios were on the top three floors of 867 Madison Avenue in the Rhinelander Mansion, which he shared with his partner Robert Denning. and which is now Ralph Lauren's Madison Avenue flagship store.
In the 1950s, de Evia's companion and business partner was Robert Denning, who worked in his studio and who would become a leading American interior designer and partner in the firm Denning & Fourcade. From 1966 until de Evia's death, his companion and business partner was David McJonathan-Swarm.
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