View Full Version : New Official French Presidential Portrait shot on film with a 1962 Rolleiflex TLR

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06-04-2012, 12:36 PM
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.


Richard S. (rich815)
06-04-2012, 12:52 PM
Very cool. My favorite cameras.

Mustafa Umut Sarac
06-04-2012, 01:08 PM
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.

Richard S. (rich815)
06-04-2012, 01:11 PM

06-04-2012, 01:19 PM
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).

06-04-2012, 02:38 PM
The official portrait of our new president was shot on film with a Rolleiflex !!

The story is here (http://www.francetv.fr/2012/raymond-depardon-raconte-le-portrait-officiel-de-hollande-144979)

Not sure the image is the best Depardon made, but I like the symbol.

06-04-2012, 03:41 PM
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:


06-04-2012, 03:54 PM
..."photo hyper simple."

I don't know French but I think I agree.

06-04-2012, 04:03 PM
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.

Dan Henderson
06-04-2012, 04:15 PM
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.

06-04-2012, 04:16 PM
Gosh, I thought Sarko and austerity were voted out of office?

06-04-2012, 05:24 PM
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.


Google translated: http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lemonde.fr%2Fpolitique%2Farticl e%2F2012%2F06%2F04%2Fportrait-du-president-hollande-un-clin-d-il-a-la-photo-amateur_1712447_823448.html&act=url

More detail on the film cameras: http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.challenges.fr%2Feconomie%2F2012 0604.FAP4339%2Fla-photo-officielle-de-francois-hollande-devoilee.html

06-04-2012, 05:30 PM
Seems like the French are always on the cutting edge. ;)

06-04-2012, 06:11 PM
Seems like the French are always on the cutting edge. ;)

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!

Poisson Du Jour
06-04-2012, 06:53 PM
Another reason to hoist up the tri-colour. Viva la film!

06-04-2012, 07:21 PM
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.

06-04-2012, 08:49 PM
I like it, it is sure better than the prior French president's portrait:

mike c
06-04-2012, 09:34 PM
I like it, it is sure better than the prior French president's portrait:
100percent improvement.


Richard S. (rich815)
06-05-2012, 01:24 AM
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.

06-05-2012, 02:26 AM
I'd rather have my official portrait taken by Depardon than Leibovitz. Her portrait of Queen Elizabeth is ghastly: http://obamapacman.com/2010/01/annie-leibovitzs-mac-has-seen-a-certain-golfer-topless/annie-leibovitz-queen-elizabeth-ii-official-portrait/