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Francisco Hidalgo, 1929-2009
posted July 29, 2009


Francisco Hidalgo, a prominent cartoonist in the 1940s and 1950s who worked under the pseudonym Yves Roy and later became a world-class photographer, recently died in Paris. He was 80 years old. Word of his passing came from an announcement by Hidalgo's family.

Hidalgo was born in the Andalusia region of Spain in 1929, and grew up to study art in the European cultural centers of Barcelonia, Madrid and Paris. He initially worked in the Spanish comics industry in the 1940s on such series as Doctor Niebla, Dick Tober and Angel Audaz. He moved to France in the mid-1950s and adopting his surname began a second cycle of comics. He worked for Chouchou, Pilote, Record, Spirou and Vaillant, creating such series as Blason d'Argent with writer Guy Hempay. His most famous gigs in the French-language industry were the series Bob Mallard and the first three episodes of Teddy Ted with Roger Lecureux.

By the late 1960s, Hidalgo had moved full-time into photography. He is best known for a series of colorful city images he began in 1963 and continued well into the 1970s. He was widely exhibited and frequently employed by top of the line photo agencies.