André Camp was born in 1920 in Narbonne, France. In addition to studying history and geography, it acquires a hispanist beside his father, the eminent Professor Jean Camp formation. This paternal influence cause a definite passion for the Iberian world. André Camp starts his professional career teaching history and geography in Montpellier, and later in Paris. In 1940, at the age of 20, he joined the fight against Nazism as a volunteer in the forces of the "free France". His anti-fascist commitment is recognized internationally, since in 1945 France awarded the "Medal of the resistance", the Britain's "King’s Medal of Courage" and the United States "Medal of Fredoom".
That year André Camp enters the Ministry of information as senior editor. In 1946 he starts a double career of journalist in the magazine Monde Illustré and productor-autor in the French broadcasting Radio (RTF).
In 1950, he joined the service of foreign emissions of the RTF while participating in the creation of the theater magazine L'Avant-Scène, with Robert Chandeau and Jacques Charrière. It will work to this journal throughout his life, first as a critic, later from 1988 as a columnist. In 1954 is responsible for the direction of the header "shows" from the weekly magazine Arts. In 1958 he was appointed head of the Spain section of the French broadcasting Radio (RTF). In 1960 André Camp creates the section Latin America and directs the section of the Iberian languages. It coordinates all the programmes recorded in the Castilian language, Portuguese, Catalan, Galician and Basque. In the framework of their responsibilities, directs the work of a team of journalists mainly composed of Spanish, part of them being exiled Republicans: Ricardo Albariño, Salvador Bacarisse, Ignacio Barrado, Narciso Bonet, Salvador Calabuig, Julián Antonio Ramírez, Adelita del Campo, Ramón Chao, Francisco Diaz Roncero, Eugenio Domingo, Ezequiel Enderiz, Salvador de Madariaga, Xesús Nieto Pena, father Olaso - pseudonym of Alberto Onaindia-, Ramón Xuriguera, Antonio Porras, Francisco Puig-Espert, Carlos Semprún, Myriam de la Prada... From 1964, he was named Editor in Chief of the Office de Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (ORTF), old RTF.
During the period 1960-1968 produces numerous theatrical works adapted for the radio emissions. Performs a series of portraits of Spanish language writers: "Interviews with a ghost", a series of twelve interviews with José Bergamín in 1965; "Bouts of Vanguard: Max Aub souvenirs collected by André Camp", series of six interviews with Max Aub in 1967; interviews with Miguel Angel Asturias, Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda... Participates in the realization of the "Profile of Luis Buñuel" interview and performs with José María Berzosa "Spain" film trilogy, consisting of three films whose theme is dedicated to the great Spanish myths: "El Cid", "Don Juan", "Don Quixote"... The three were presented in 1974 by the French television chain II.
André Camp left head of the section of the Iberian languages in 1968, because of political broadcasts that don't like the information Minister, Alain Peyrefitte. However continuous at the ORTF as emissions of French language teaching Manager and then as responsible for study and promotion of French radio and television programs in Latin America.
Passionate about Theatre, André Camp combined his journalistic work on the radio with the craft of theatre critic. He was appointed general Secretary of the Professional Union of dramatic and musical criticism (1964-1972), later Vice President (1973-1976) and president (1977-1981). He translated over sixty works by authors both classic and contemporary, like Cervantes or Fermín cabal. He was co-founder of the Iberal association with Claude Demarigny and the bilingual magazine Ubu-Scène de Théâtre.
Specialist of the Ibero-American and Iberian worlds, André Camp wrote several books on Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile… He was President of the Association of journalists specialists in Latin America and the Caribbean from 1986 to 1990.
André Camp was Knight of the French Legion of honor and Knight of French Arts and letters. He died on 4 March 2004 in Paris, he wrote until his last breath in his beloved magazine L’avant-Scène.
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