Perfume Pioneers: Bertrand Duchaufour
Bertrand Duchaufour, creator of Avignon, is one of the most prolific and respected perfumers within niche perfumery. He was expecting to become a geologist like his father, until at the age of 16 he smelt his girlfriend's Chanel No. 19, launching a new obsession. Trained in Grasse, Duchaufour now works independently, travelling and taking photographs restlessly to generate new ideas. Over his career he has followed several olfactive paths to which he is repeatedly compelled to return. That for which he is best known is incense.
Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent continues until 23 September at Somerset House.