Paul Julien Dubois is born on May 11th, 1885
in St Denis (France). His parents, Emile Dubois and Pauline Dufour
are owning a hardware shop in Chelles, a small little town in the suburb of
Fascinated by photography, Paul starts to work for the ROL agency. In 1906, he
joins the Infantry to proceed with his military service. His military
file mentions the civil job of "Photo reporter".
In December 1914, he joins the Photography Department of the Army
(SPA) and he is attached to the French Air Force as a photographer -
During all the WWI, Paul Dubois will be incorporated in
different air squadrons including the famous C43 one. He was
distinguished by his courage but also his ingenuity to develop special
cameras used for aerial photography.
He went back to the
civil photography after the war and worked for several publications.
Thanks to Denis Albin for his precious help
and his great expertise which conducted to the perfect
description of some of these images.
His website on
French military aviation during WWI must be visited.