The artist Zoe Leonard and film-maker Cheryl Dunye collaborated to produce a project about a fictional American-African movie star called Fae Richards of the early 20th century and create an album of photographs charting her life and history from childhood at the turn of the 20th century through her glamorous carrier as a Hollywood movie star to her involvement with the civil-rights movement of the 50’s in to her old age.
The purpose was to question the truth of achievement and how history is recorded. To ask, who gets included in written histories and why? Who is left out and why? Who is in control of the information?
This is a cleaver project and required actors, carefully chosen costumes props and locations as well as authentic looking photography.
Truffaut Hitchcock, by Francois Truffaut, published by Simon & Schuster Paperbacks.
This Easter weekend, I indulged in a little guilty pleasure. Taking a break from my photography studies, I read a great book by Francois Truffaut, a famous French film Director and film critic. He got to know and became friends with Alfred Hitchcock and spent a couple of weeks with Hitchcock in Hollywood interviewing the great man, which he published in this fascinating book.
I blog this in to my Context and Narrative working-log as I believe that as a photographer there is a lot that can be learned from Hitchcock. For example, as a young British film-maker in the 1920’s, he noticed how the Americans always back-lit their actors; so that they appeared separate from the back ground, this was not practiced by other British film-makers at that time. He understood the power of composition and had ‘the way of seeing’ as a photographer. Some of his tricks can be replicated with a still-camera and therefor makes his creativity interesting to me, as I may be able to apply some of it from time to time in my own work.
Still photographer or movie-maker this is a good book to read, for a movie-maker I would suggest an important book to read. Tomorrow, I am going to see a film about this interview between Truffaut and Hitchcock and I have found this extract of Truffaut’s recorded interview with Hitchcock as they discuss the making of Psychohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV6NwhGp7VU on YouTube.