7/6/2015

    Raymond Cauchetier: Still New (Wave) at 95

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    No survivor of the “Nouvelle Vague” has the longevity of its best known “photographe de plateau” (set still photographer), Raymond Cauchetier. In fragile health for many years, still living with his Japanese wife, Kaoru, in the fifth-floor walk-up where he was born, Cauchetier is ever born anew.

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    Mary Ellen Mark: Human-Wise

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    In his book Why People Photograph, Robert Adams, a master photographer of contemporary Western landscapes, writes, “At our best and most fortunate, we make pictures because of what stands in front of the camera, to honor what is greater and more interesting than we are.”

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    Vilmos Zsigmond and The Rose

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    It was the end of American cinema’s freewheeling 1970s when Vilmos Zsigmond photographed The Rose, the Mark Rydell-directed, Bette Midler-starring, Bo Goldman-scripted movie about a rock ’n’ roll queen, Mary “Rose” Foster — four major artists at the peak of their creative careers in an all too brief era of American auteurism.

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    5/11/2015

    It's What I Do: Lynsey Addario on the Front Lines

    1. Early in her career, before the shock of 9/11 galvanized a generation of emerging photojournalists to throw themselves into the cauldron of international conflicts, Lynsey Addario was living with her boyfriend, Miguel, in a $500-a-month apartment in Buenos Aires. On Thursdays, she photographed the protestors of the Desaparecidos, mothers of victims of Argentina’s “Dirty

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    Too Much Johnson: Never Enough Welles

     1. Since Orson Welles’ death almost 30 years ago on Oct. 10, 1985, his life and work continue to fascinate historians and filmmakers like no other figure in the cinema canon. It’s as if the enigmatic figures that haunt his work as an actor, along with the labyrinthine myth of his directing career, are illusions created

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    3/30/2015

    Thomas Hart Benton Part 2: Before and After America Today

    1. Two years after returning from studies in Paris at the Académie Julian, the young painter Thomas Hart Benton, now living in lower Manhattan, was hired by a former roommate, Rex Hitchcock, to work as a scenic researcher and set designer for the movies. Benton’s salary was $7 a week. Hitchcock soon changed his name

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