During the 60s Raymond Cauchetier was a film set photographer on some of the most important films of the French New Wave. From À Bout de Souffle to Jules et Jim, Raymond was among the stars and directors that made this period of time so remarkable including Jean Seberg, Anna Karina, Francois Truffant and Jean Luc Godard. His photos were originally intended for continuity and sometimes publicity, but Raymond saw himself as more of a photojournalist and captured images that showed all of the set: shooting on handheld cameras, the unplanned scenes and the initial conversations between the actors and directors.
This year sees Raymond usher in his 95th birthday and to celebrate, the James Hyman Gallery is showcasing his images in an exhibition titled Raymond Cauchetier’s New Wave. Stunning in black and white, his photographs have a wonderful intimacy to them as he reveals moments we never get to see in the final films. It’s a rare insight into French cinema and fantastic to see Raymond getting the recognition his work deserves, when for many years he remained unacknowledged in his field.
Raymond Cauchetier’s New Wave is at James Hyman Gallery, London till 14 August 2015
About the Author
Rebecca became staff writer at It’s Nice That in March 2016 before leaving the company at the end of 2017. Before joining the company full time she worked with us on a freelance basis many times, as well as stints at Macmillan Publishers, D&AD, Dazed and frieze.