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The Retoucher

France - 2013 fr English 11’
Direction: Thomas Goupille
In the world of analogue photography, there is no software to remove small imperfections. Everything is done by hand. We observed Marie-Pierre Bride, a traditional retoucher, exercising her art. Because unlike spotting, which only corrects flaws, retouching is a genuine creative act. Be they black and white or colour, she has her secrets for enhancing each single edition print. She slowly brings out or conceals details revealing the image.

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Synopsis

In the world of analogue photography, there is no software to remove small imperfections. Everything is done by hand. We observed Marie-Pierre Bride, a traditional retoucher, exercising her art. Because unlike spotting, which only corrects flaws, retouching is a genuine creative act. Be they black and white or colour, she has her secrets for enhancing each single edition print. She slowly brings out or conceals details revealing the image.

What you will learn in this film…

A traditional retoucher at work • Preliminary discussions with the photographer • Analogue retouching tools • Before and after retouching • The purpose of manual retouching • The retoucher's method

A traditional retoucher at work • Preliminary discussions with the photographer • Analogue retouching tools • Before and after retouching • The purpose of manual retouching • The retoucher's method

00:00 - Colour retouching 

01:01 - What to correct and what to avoid

04:56 - Retouching by brush

08:41 - How to become a retoucher

10:52 - Before and after: the sublimated photo

Film chapters

00:00 - Colour retouching 

01:01 - What to correct and what to avoid

04:56 - Retouching by brush

08:41 - How to become a retoucher

10:52 - Before and after: the sublimated photo

Still frames

It's important to see the untouched photo then the retouched photo. It was already very beautiful but now it's enhanced.
- Marie-Pierre Bride

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Materiel used

Brush • Neutral gray retouch dye • Dyes • Spotone Black • Marshall's Neutral Black

Bibliography

• TRAITÉ THÉORIQUE ET PRATIQUE DE LA RETOUCHE DES ÉPREUVES NÉGATIVES ET POSITIVES - author: Paul Ganichot ; 1895 for the first edition ; Charles Mendel ; French