In 1959 Raymond Cauchetier was hired as the on-set photographer for Godard's first feature, "A Bout de Souffle". He photographed not only the famous moments but also behind-the-scenes glimpses which document the filmmaking process. Unlike other on-set photographers whose aim was simply to create stills which could be used for publicity purposes, Cauchetier approached the set as a photojournalist, bearing witness to a defining moment in cinematic history.
The art of French photographer Raymond Cauchetier has been described as “central” to the New Wave cinema movement — images as important as the films the set photographer documented from the late 1950s onward. The self-taught artist had his first big break with then filmmaking hopeful Jean-Luc Godard. Cauchetier found himself on the set of the director’s first movie, Breathless — no doubt a wondrous foray into a career that would find him working alongside other seminal greats such as…
From an exhibit of half century ago behind-the-scenes movie photos by French photographer Raymond Cauchetier. "He has been described as “central” to the New Wave cinema movement — images as important as the films the set photographer documented from the late 1950s onward. The self-taught artist had his first big break with then filmmaking hopeful Jean-Luc Godard. Photos de Cinéma: Images of the French New Wave on display through June 24 at the The Academy Grand Lobby Gallery in California."
Raymond Cauchetier's behind the scenes photographs of Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless in 1959, on show now at James Hyman gallery, attest to a new wave in French cinema that still defines freshness and innovation today.
Behind-the-scenes of one of the earliest, most influential, films (Breathless, 1960) of the French New Wave, a style often used by today's fashion video-torials and film shorts - bearing elements of youthful iconoclasm, fragmented discontinuous editing, long takes, and documentary-style, narrative ambiguity.