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.

Cine-monde: Xavier Lambours

Isabelle Adjani

Monica Bellucci

Juliette Binoche and Leos Carax

Robert Bresson

Claude Chabrol

Maggie Cheung

Sean Connery

Robert De Niro

Robert Duvall

Clint Eastwood

William Friedkin

Vincent Gallo

Jean-Luc Godard

Michel Gondry

Dennis Hopper

Harvey Keitel

Abbas Kiarostami

Krzysztof Kieślowski

Ben Kingsley

Akira Kurosawa

David Lynch

John Malkovich

Georges A. Romero

Ridley Scott

Chloë Sevigny

Martin Scorsese

Andrei Tarkovsky and Larisa Tarkovsky

Jean-Louis Trintignant

François Truffaut

Agnès Varda

Paul Verhoeven

Lars von Trier

Orson Welles

Wim Wenders

Wong Kar-wai