Lucien Clergue, unto death, unto life

France - 2008 fr English 53’
It's a beautiful story: Lucien Clergue, lover of Arles, photography and light. We see him here simply talking about his life, happily photographing his city or his models (naked in the waves). This friend to Cocteau and Picasso was also the founder of the Rencontres d’Arles, and left us in 2014. Here, we see him entering the Académie des Beaux-Arts, a consecration for both himself and photography, for which he was the first representative. This fine portrait brings this "immortal" back to life.

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Synopsis

It's a beautiful story: Lucien Clergue, lover of Arles, photography and light. We see him here simply talking about his life, happily photographing his city or his models (naked in the waves). This friend to Cocteau and Picasso was also the founder of the Rencontres d’Arles, and left us in 2014. Here, we see him entering the Académie des Beaux-Arts, a consecration for both himself and photography, for which he was the first representative. This fine portrait brings this "immortal" back to life.

What you will find in this film

Lucien Clergue photographing nudes • The photographer at home in Arles • The great artists who supported him • Cocteau and Picasso on his work • His personal story • His investiture in the Académie des Beaux-Arts • His first series • His closeness to the Gypsy world • The importance of music in his life • The history of his photographic work • What drove him to create the Rencontres d’Arles and bring photography to the museum

Lucien Clergue photographing nudes • The photographer at home in Arles • The great artists who supported him • Cocteau and Picasso on his work • His personal story • His investiture in the Académie des Beaux-Arts • His first series • His closeness to the Gypsy world • The importance of music in his life • The history of his photographic work • What drove him to create the Rencontres d’Arles and bring photography to the museum

00:00 – Being a poet

07:28 – Becoming an Academician

20:26 – Gypsies, freedom

25:29 – Meeting Picasso

35:41 – First deaths, first nudes

43:25 – Photography, an art like the rest

Film chapters

00:00 – Being a poet

07:28 – Becoming an Academician

20:26 – Gypsies, freedom

25:29 – Meeting Picasso

35:41 – First deaths, first nudes

43:25 – Photography, an art like the rest

My ambition: to be a poet.
- Lucien Clergue