New Official French Presidential Portrait shot on film with a 1962 Rolleiflex TLR

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  1. Lionel1972

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    This aftenoon has been just released the official new French President's portrait by famous french photographer Raymond Depardon. He chose to shoot film (apparently negative color film) with a vintage Rolleiflex TLR from 1962.
    The picture makes quite a buzz on the French corner of the internet already as the esthetics of the photo chosen is far from the usual official type of photographs.

    http://www.elysee.fr/president/les-...elle-du-president-de-la-republique.13332.html
     
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    Very cool. My favorite cameras.
     
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    I did not like it , guy looks small at the picture , I did not like the trees bokeh and distorted highlight buildings at non focus area. I did not like colors and zeiss shadow tan color of the face.
    Why photographer not used an French lens and camera ? Or big format french lens ? I think if the right wing would win , they would do what I say.
     
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    At first glance on the web I thought this was a bad portrait, awkward pose, awkward composition. But the more I look at it..., it kind of grows on you especially in high-res (pdf downloadable from the website linked).
     
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    France shows the way...

    The official portrait of our new president was shot on film with a Rolleiflex !!

    The story is here

    Not sure the image is the best Depardon made, but I like the symbol.
     
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    Wow, how holidaysnap-esque.

    Blown out background, head too large.... at least no fig leaf pose.

    This looks like one of those, "well the President can only give you 5 minutes so...."

    Don't know if this photographer is any good or not but if he is, this is not his best work.


    Don't speak/read French so I found this:

    http://news-12.com/the-elysee-has-the-official-photo-of-francois-hollande/
     
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    ..."photo hyper simple."

    I don't know French but I think I agree.
     
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    I wish I could say that I liked it, but to me it's just flat and boring. Also, the subject is in desperate need of some fill light.
     
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    The preceding negative comments aside, it is still cool that a photographer well enough known to photograph a head of state chooses to use film and a classic camera.
     
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    Gosh, I thought Sarko and austerity were voted out of office?
     
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    New French President's official photo shot on a ... Rolleiflex!

    Francois Hollande, the new French President, has had an official portrait done. The photographer first used a dSLR, then a 35mm Leica, before switching to a Rolleiflex, which gave him the right result.

    Interestingly the photo was done in natural light and handheld.

    http://www.lemonde.fr/politique/art...n-d-il-a-la-photo-amateur_1712447_823448.html

    Google translated: http://translate.google.com/transla...-la-photo-amateur_1712447_823448.html&act=url

    More detail on the film cameras: http://translate.google.com/transla...officielle-de-francois-hollande-devoilee.html
     
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    Seems like the French are always on the cutting edge. :wink:
     
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    Woot! The French are one of my language peeps and were among the big early pioneers of analog photography (if not the pioneers of analog photography)!

    Vive la France!
     
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    Another reason to hoist up the tri-colour. Viva la film!
     
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    It is a head of state photo. It needs to be a bit flat, a bit boring, a bit conservative and generally something bland enough to fit well on the cheap frame on a civil service wall. On the other hand, I kind of like it, it is nothing spectacular but he looks like he is about to speak or do something, not distant nor majestic, not "presidential" or high-above but actually about to engage with the viewer.
     
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    I think it may have been a Tele-Rolleiflex that was used. Looks like one in some of the photos of the shoot I've seen online anyway.
     
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    Not bad, not too bad at all.

    The French get a pass since they kind of invented photography as we know it today.....I would have been real impressed if they had done a Daguerreotype.
     
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    I'm slightly annoyed by the building growing out of his head. There is separation, just maybe not quite enough for me.
     
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    The "well the President can only give you 5 minutes so...." attitude is Sarkozy's (the previous one), this one seems (we'll see in a few years) to listen more and to give more time. He also seem to know more about culture (not too difficult) that his predecessor (the previous photographer was a people-ish one).

    I tend to think Depardon is a good photographer, not sure this is his best work, but what I like in his work iis more the sense of "continuity" than the "greatest hits" he produces. His work about rural France is something I love. I really like "La terre des paysans" (could be translated to "farmers' land"). The fact that he was born in a farm and his parents were farmers shows in the images.

    Look here

    Finally, I'd say that what I prefer about the image is that it is shot on an "obsolete" media with an "obsolete" camera...
     
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    Besides choosing better his official photograph, Hollande could have chosen better his official tailor! :wink:

    Nice to know he likes human beings. His hand are cut at half though, so it's the first president with half hands on a portrait.

    I like "Elizabeth II as Dracula" portrait though. Could also be used for Republican propaganda :smile:
     
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