Known as the photographer of scouting, Robert Manson was active in the 1950s and 1960s. He began his first reports on this theme in 1924. He then collaborated with certain several reviews in France, Europe and Canada, became administrator of the journal Scout. He follows the scouts in all their travels, records everything, dates each photograph. He thus realizes an archival work of great documentary and aesthetic interest.
His work cannot be described without evoking that of Pierre Joubert, illustrator for the review Scout. One draws what the other photographs and vice versa. Both were fervent defenders and promoters of scouting in France. In the words of Pierre Joubert describing his friend in the preface to the book Robert Manson, photographer of Scouting: "He seeks in the contact of young people, the sparks that make him even more than a photographer, a passionate friend of this youth of which his clear gaze, despite the years, remains a reflection.
Pierre Manson’s photographs were shown for the first time by Pinault Collection at Punta della Dogana in 2015 during the “Slip of the Tongue” exhibition.