Raymond Cauchetier's New Wave
- Featuring arguably the greatest images of the French New Wave cinema; many images have never been seen before
- First ever monograph in English devoted to the film photography of Raymond Cauchetier
- Foreword by Philippe Garner; text by Raymond Cauchetier
- His photographs "are themselves central works of the New Wave" - Aperture
- "I've never received the slightest advice from a professional. I've always improvised and invented what I needed to do with my own inspiration. Is that why some people think my photos never look like other people's?" - Raymond Cauchetier
In the late 1950s and early 1960s French New Wave cinema exploded onto international screens with films like Les quatre cents coups, A bout de souffle and Jules et Jim. They were radical, artistic, original and most importantly set up the director as a creative genius; at the forefront were Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. Today these films are credited with changing cinema forever. For many film goers they command strong and passionate respect and became the foundations on which a lifetime of cinema-going is built. In the photographs of Raymond Cauchetier we bear witness to the great artistic genius that was central to the process of making these films. Cauchetier’s photographs are a culturally important documentary of the director at work, his methods and processes. His photographs capture some of the most memorable moments in film; Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg on the Champs Élysées in A bout de souffle, Jeanne Moreau in the race scene of Jules et Jim, Anna Karina in a Parisian Cafe in Une femme est une femme.
But Cauchetier’s genius lies also 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. In the words of Richard Brody: In these images, Raymond Cauchetier, a witness to art, made art by bearing true witness. This is the first book published in English featuring the New Wave film photographs of Raymond Cauchetier.
- ACC Art Books
- 14th Apr 2015
- USA & Canada
- 9.45 in x 11.81 in
- 240 Pages
- 5 color, 305 b&w