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Jun 17 - Aug 14

James Hyman Gallery
16 Savile Row
London,W1S 3PLUK
  • Anna Karina and Jean-Paul Belmondo, “Une Femme Est Une Femme” (Paris), 1960. Photo by Raymond Cauchetier

  • Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg and Jean-Luc Godard, “A Bout De Souffle” (Paris), 1959. Photo by Raymond Cauchetier

  • Corinne Marchand, “Lola” (Nantes), 1960. Photo by Raymond Cauchetier


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“Raymond Cauchetier’s New Wave” exhibition at James Hyman gallery, London

A new exhibition at James Hyman gallery, London, casts light on the rich archive of photographer Raymond Cauchetier, known for his iconic images of 1960’s French cinema. Titled “Raymond Cauchetier’s New Wave”, the exhibition coincides with Cauchetier’s 95th birthday and serves as the perfect excuse for looking back on his prolific career. Cauchetier was one of the most talented film-set photographers of his time, having captured with his lens the atmosphere and passion behind some of French New Wave’s most legendary movies, among them Jean-Luc Godard’s “A Bout de Souffle” (1959) and “Une Femme est Une Femme” (1960), François Truffaut’s “Jules et Jim” (1961) and Marcel Ophüls’ “Peau de Banane” (1963).

Cauchetier’s evocative photos, which depict performers like Jean Paul Belmondo, Anna Karina, Jean Moreau and Jean Seberg, serve as a nostalgic reminder of Nouvelle Vague’s interest in experimental storytelling that rebelled against past forms of straight narrative cinema. The New Wave pioneers considered directors as “auteurs”, and eventually created a new, internationally acclaimed school of filmic expression that still amazes and inspires. “Cauchetier’s genius lies in the fact that his photographs are far above just a visual record of these films. They clearly show the same spirit, the same freedom and the same originality that made The New Wave so important. Cauchetier’s photographs are as much a part of The New Wave as the films themselves,” says Philippe Garner, Director and International Head of Photography at Christie’s, about Cauchetier’s work, proving that it takes a real auteur to portray the genius of another auteur.

The exhibition, apart from the legendary New Wave photos, explores a lesser know aspect of Cauchetier’s art, featuring a series of landscape photographs that were shot during his travels in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. “I am a reporter, not an artist. I believe that reportage teaches us more – it’s more important to capture life than constructed situations,” the photographer told Telegraph about his photos that became witness to a legendary moment in cinematic history, but remained uncredited until 1993, when a new law in France returned copyright to photographers. “Raymond Cauchetier’s New Wave” exhibition is accompanied by a same name book, published by ACC editions.