Rene-Jacques was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. For more than 40 years, from the 1930s to the 1970s, Rene-Jacques was a highly regarded and much-requested photographer. He photographed French landscapes, industrial subjects, architecture, sports, and art. He made set photography for the film Remorques by Jean Gremillon in 1939, and he illustrated books. After World War II, Rene-Jacques made numerous documentary works about French towns and the French countryside.