Xavier Lambours: Photographing the World of Cinema
Parisians seem to love two things in their photography: fashion and film stars. The fashion is supposed to represent right now while the past is kept alive with photographs of movie stars. Xavier Lambours photographs the latter, but he has not lingered long with the typical soft light, romantic images we’re all used to. Some of his photographs are fierce, especially one of Lee Marvin and another of Orson Welles. He has photographed François Truffaut (who had just died and whose picture had a small black ribbon across the corner of the frame), Lillian Gish, Anthony Perkins, Martin Scorsese, Jeanne Moreau, Robert De Niro, and many others.
But these are pictures of celebrities that one would actually stop and look at. Sometimes it’s just a little trick, a different viewpoint, shot from below perhaps.
But more often it’s some sort of connection Lambours seems to have made with his subject, a way of working that’s similar to the way Annie Leibovitz is able to get inside and tear everything up and rearrange the furniture so we can actually see what the place looks like.