Studio Astre was created in 1968 and welcomes the greatest photographers for more than forty years. Higlyh considered Photographer, Mr Astre, René, first used it as a personnal studio for his work : he started his career for Vogue then for many other editorial or advertising clients. Studio Astre was then situated in rue de Lisbonne close to the designers in the 8th arrondissement then moved in the current premises rue Saint-Dominique in the prestigious 7th. Mr Astre and his wife Suzanne started to rent the studioto a few prestigious photographers, Richard Avedon being the most famous. When Mr Astre died in 1988, his wife Suzanne decided to slowly turn to studio rental as its main business, with a fast growing demand at the time. Studio Astre then lived its greatest times, becoming american photographers favourite studio.
In 2012, Suzanne Astre, at age 88, finds herself in a difficult financial situation and is forced to go bankrupt. Studio Astre is closing down, if not for the Rouchon family stepping up and saving it. The Rouchon and Astre families have very linked histories. Before being competitors on the rental studio market, Jacques Rouchon and Louis-René Astre, both supported by their spouses, met in the designers workshops in the early 50s, covering Haute-Couture collections for different magazines.
The Rouchon family is dedicated to making Studio Astre the great studio it should never have stopped to be. Studios and equipment have been fully upgraded and after 3 long months of work, Studio Astre has now re-opened on october 22nd 2012.