Photographer stages first exhibition… aged 90

July 14, 2010

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Picture credit: Raymond Cauchetier

French photographer Raymond Cauchetier has today opened his first commercial exhibition, to coincide with his 90th birthday this year.

In 1959 Cauchetier was hired as an on-set photographer by filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, documenting key moments in his movie A Bout de Souffle.

Commenting on the assignment Cauchetier said: ‘I remember the first day of shooting for A Bout de Souffle. Jean-Luc Godard in a café on the Champs-Elysées tried to explain to the actors his working methods.

‘An absolutely terrified Jean Seberg (pictured above) wanted to leave the set immediately and go straight back to Iowa. She did not know that the role would bring her such international fame.’

Cauchetier, who is mainly self-taught, shot behind-the-scenes pictures in this and other films of the 1960s.

?Unlike other on-set photographers whose aim was simply to create stills which could be used for publicity purposes, Cauchetier approached the set as a photojournalist, bearing witness to a defining moment in cinematic history,? said a spokesman for the James Hyman Gallery in London which is showcasing the photographer?s work until 28 August.

The exhibition focuses on Cauchetier?s photographs of ?French New Wave Cinema?.

The James Hyman Gallery is located at 5 Savile Row, London W1S 3PD. It is open Mon-Sat. Tel: 020 7494 3857.

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Picture credit: Raymond Cauchetier

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