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Bernard Plossu / Snapshots

  • France
  • 2012
  • fr
  • English
  • 15'

A short film in three acts; three moments in a day spent with Bernard Plossu. There are these shots of Paris, timeless black-and-whites taken with Agfamatic, which present the opportunity for a photography lesson; there is the arrival of a train in La Ciotat station, a nod towards a photography that approaches cinema; and there's Italy, adorned with the sublime colours of these Fresson prints of which the photographer is so fond. A film of snapshots, mementos of a rich but furtive encounter, instants stolen from the modesty of an artist who loves to share but who dislikes showing off; who really doesn't want-to be filmed...

Bernard Plossu / Snapshots
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Synopsis

A short film in three acts; three moments in a day spent with Bernard Plossu. There are these shots of Paris, timeless black-and-whites taken with Agfamatic, which present the opportunity for a photography lesson; there is the arrival of a train in La Ciotat station, a nod towards a photography that approaches cinema; and there's Italy, adorned with the sublime colours of these Fresson prints of which the photographer is so fond. A film of snapshots, mementos of a rich but furtive encounter, instants stolen from the modesty of an artist who loves to share but who dislikes showing off; who really doesn't want-to be filmed...

What you will learn in this film…

Bernard Plossu's photographic prints in Paris from the 1970s to the '90s • In praise of Agfamatic and Lo-Fi • Quality photographic prints from inexpensive cameras • Photographs taken while walking • Bernard Plossu's sources of inspiration • A thought on photography • Great films that have marked Bernard Plossu • A series of Fresson prints from the 2010s • The importance of disorder• The importance of walking • The importance of doing without thinking • Cannelle the dog

We put on a film, we see, we think, we're smart, we're out there, we're photographing.

Film chapters

00:00 A filmmaker in photography

03:30 Photograph to photograph, not to please  

11:02 When I shoot, I'm already thinking Fresson

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Further exploration

Life Upside Down, by Alain Jessua - 1964

The Silence, by Ingmar Bergman - 1963

The Eclipse, by Michelangelo Antonioni - 1962

The Night, by Michelangelo Antonioni - 1961

Last Year in Marienbad, by Alain Resnais - 1961

Le Beau Serge, by Claude Chabrol - 1958

Wild Strawberries, by Ingmar Bergman - 1975

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Carl Theodor Dreyer

Sergueï Mikhaïlovitch Eisenstein

Kenji Mizoguchi

Robert Bresson

Jean-Luc Godard

• BERNARD PLOSSU : WESTERN COLORS - author: Francis Hodgson ; 2016 ; Thames and Hudson Ltd 

• THE STILL HOUR - artist: Bernard Plossu ; 2016 ; La Fabrica ; bilingual edition English/French

• BERNARD PLOSSU : EUROPA - author: Carlos Serrano ; 2012 ; La Fabrica ; bilingual edition English/French

• PLOSSU CINEMA - artist: Bernard Plossu ; authors : Alain Bergala and Pascal Neveux ;  2009 ; Yellow Now ; French

• BERNARD PLOSSU'S NEW MEXICO - authors: Gilles Mora and Edward T. Hall ; 2006 ; University of New Mexico Press

• THE SEA OF LOVE - artist: Max Pam ; 2019 ; Editions Bessard ; English

• MAX PAM PAR BERNARD PLOSSU - artist: Max Pam ; author: Bernard Plossu ; 2016 ; André Frère éditions ; French

• BAYLÓN - artist: Luis Baylón ; authors: Luis Baylon and Quico Rivas ; 1999 ; La Fabrica ; English

• EN VALENCIA - artists: Luis Baylón and Bernard Plossu ; 2009 ; Publicacions de la Universitat de València ; Spanish