A rare chance to become part of the legend with the Studio Harcourt in Monaco

« You are not a real actor if you’ve not been
photographed by Studio Harcourt»
Roland Barthes

Have you ever dreamed of being part of a legend? Studio Harcourt makes your dream come true…

For more than 80 years, their photos have been the symbol of excellence, celebrated by the worldwide elite to leave a print in history. Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly, Édith Piaf, Cate Blanchett, Karl Lagerfeld, Brigitte Bardot and Novak Djokovic have had their portrait taken by the mythical Studio photo.

Karl Lagerfeld
Karl Lagerfeld

Between mystery and legend, a portrait sealed by Studio Harcourt remains a ‘Must Have’ for all celebrities and happy few sitters who want to catch a glimpse of eternity.

The Harcourt signature draws its inspiration in the glamorous roots of the black & white French cinema which make it a timeless mark and gives it a unique style that has become a legend.

Harcourt Studio History

Created on 16 January 1934 by an exceptional woman, Cosette Harcourt, the Lacroix brothers, 2 press magnates, and Robert Ricci, the son of Nina Ricci, Studio Harcourt rapidly became the icon of refined Paris high society.  From movie stars to kings & queens, fashion and sport icons, all of them were striving for getting a portrait from Harcourt Studio.


Early in World War II, Jacques Lacroix married Cosette Harcourt in order to protect her as she was Jewish. Sadly she was forced to leave Paris and could resume her rightful place after the Liberation.

This was the Studio Harcourt golden age!  Portraits of actors and actresses were displayed in all the cinemas. 80 people were now working in the famous studio. Between 1951 and 1958, thanks to Cosette’s work, the studio processed over a 1000 (!) customers each month, which was crazy at the time!

Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett

However, the advent of the 1st Japanese reflex camera and the Nouvelle Vague began to eat away at the Studio Harcourt’s success. Cosette Harcourt died in 1976, and in 1980 the Hariri brothers breathed new life into the Studio, which then went through a series of different owners. Later, at the initiative of the French Minister of Culture, the collection of negatives and archives were bought up by the French State.

In 2007, Studio Harcourt has been bought by Françis Dagnan, with Catherine Renard as the General Manager. Both of them have revived the traditions of the Studio. This provides crucial stability and ensure a long term development for the legendary studio.

Your portrait from Harcourt Studio in Monaco

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Today all residents of Monaco have an opportunity to get a portrait from the legendary Studio Harcourt. Location is the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo. The meeting of these two legendary brands occurs in a pop-up suite that takes the luxury experience a step further.

The mythical French photography studio in Monaco recreates its iconic darkroom in the comfort of the suite 321 of the Hôtel de Paris for the ultimate experience in timeless portraits.

After meeting, pampering and preparation with the famous photo studio’s make-up artist and photographer Didier Biseau, it’s time for an unforgettable photo shoot. Capture the magic of the moment forever with an official portrait photo and join the pantheon of genuine stars.

Indulge in the ultimate experience with the participation of a high jeweler and fashion designer and take home a photo album with a series of 20 portraits.

Harcourt Studio
Harcourt Studio

This offer is available till April 2017 when the famous suite 321 will be put under reconstruction and Harcourt Studio leaves Monaco. Hurry! Now it’s your turn: book your photo session and enter the legend…

Send us e-mail to and we will organize a special treatment and reception for you.

Harcourt Studio Prices:

1 690 € for a solo session
1 930 € for a duo session
3 000 € for a family session

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