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Alice Springs

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Runtime - length of the film: 19m22s
Language: english
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In this FotoTV film, curator Michael Harder shares work from June Newton alias Alice Springs at the Helmut Newton exhibit.

A lot of people know that June Newton shot under a pseudonym. But then again there are a lot of people who did not know that June Newton, wife of legendary photographer Helmut Newton, had a successful career shooting under the name Alice Springs. While visiting today, curator Harder takes us through different eras of Alice Spring and her work. There is definitely a resemblance of work style between her work and Helmut Newton’s work, because he taught he how to use a camera. But it was probably on all the photo shoots she shot documentaries of which gave her an insight to Helmut Newton’s world of photography.

Under normal circumstances there is always a “June’s” room. The curator changes out photos periodically depending on theme or content. This interview is good for photographers who want to learn more about the working relationship between Helmut and June Newton and for photographers who are interested in getting to know Alice Springs.

Paolo Roversi II

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Runtime - length of the film: 13m10s
Language: english
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Paolo Roversi I

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In this film legendary fashion photographer Paolo Roversi talks about his very special relationship to shooting in the studio, his use of lighting, and his freedom of imagination when contemplating his shot ideas, as well as his love of 8x10 Polaroid film, which unfortunately no longer is manufactured.

Roversi sees photography as a black canvas as opposed to the white canvas painters’ start out with before beginning the realization of their ideas. This personal concept is the driving force behind his work. To Roversi, the truth of photography is a combination of reality and dreaming, to him photography is mystical.

Light is very important to every photographer, as Roversi describes, "It is the basis of every photographer's work". Roversi’s signature trademark style he uses that have made him so successful, nudes of women against a white background, first started for a shoot for Vogue Homme, with the famous Chanel model, Ines de la Fressange. After that first shooting, his signature lighting became his muse and one of the most requested and photographed styles for his clients, spanning many years and over many continents.

For Roversi, the studio will always be a place where he can isolate his subject and a timeless space of darkness in which he brings light to create magnificent images. Roversi’s list of credits runs from shoots for Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire to catalogues for Romeo Gigli, Christian Dior and Yohji Yamamoto.

Frank Horvat

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Runtime - length of the film: 7m32s
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Frank Horvat, one of the world's leading fashion photographers, sits down with FotoTV to discuss the intricacies of his work, his techniques, inspirations and motivations behind some of his most memorable images. Of particular interest are images from his personal visual diary, “A Daily Report.” The images are scenes from daily life that are often missed and left unrecorded. As we view the photos they appear to have been discovered not created, not the typical photographs seen from other photographers, which appear to have been meticulously and stylistically planned. Horvat's use of color, light and composition in his project “Portraits of Trees “ is brilliant, while his images of “Veronique” are fascinating as well as personal, in the sense that they give the viewer a sense of the man behind the camera. Perhaps so, because as Horvat explains, “The Veronique project was to leave a visual legacy of my own reference and memories, by showing the unimportant things that I perceived while photographing.” While Horvat likes to think of his work as being simple, it is in this intricate simplicity where we discover the true significance of his work: his images are well perceived, but not unreal.

Robert Doisneau

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Runtime - length of the film: 4m56s
Language: french with english subtitles
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In this FotoTV film on location in Paris, Clementine Deroudille, granddaughter of legendary French photographer, Robert Doisneau (1912-1994), gives an intimate account of the motivation behind his most noted pieces of work. Doisneau is undoubtedly the most noted French photographer known for his whimsical images documenting life on the streets of Paris. What many admirers of his work do not know, as his Deroudille shares with us during a retrospective of Doisneau’s work, is that many of his most famous photographs were staged. Including the most adored "Kiss in front of the Palace of City Hall", a candid symbol of young love—perfect, since Paris is the city associated with love. Perhaps Doisneau was best known for putting his trust in his intuition and emotions, capturing and recapturing fleeting moments of happiness in his photographs that have been appreciated by millions of people worldwide. But his talent definitely lay in his ability to capture a moment of passion, silliness or the unfamiliar. Most of all Doisneau will be remembered for always waiting for just the right moment, before he photographed ordinary people in ordinary and extraordinary situations.

Paolo Roversi I

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Runtime - length of the film: 13m29s
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Paolo Roversi II

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In this film legendary fashion photographer Paolo Roversi talks about the very beginning of his brilliant career and discusses the inventive photographic techniques he uses that have made him so successful. Roversi believes it's all about his relationship with the model, not so much about technique.

He particularly describes his techniques with flashlights and colored filters as, "simple and playful”, although the images are beautiful and captivating, they are more thoughtfully intricate than he would like to admit. Some of his signature images are the photos with a longer exposure time during which Roversi goes over the bodies and faces of the models with a small flashlight, illuminating and highlighting certain parts while leaving others in the dark, giving his photos a mysterious, ethereal impression, almost poetic. Roversi remembers one of his first shoots for Marie Claire in the Seventies: “I had cut out all of the pages and put them in my book.

I went to the kiosks to see if people were looking at them. Then, on the Saturday, I went to the market to buy a fish and the guy took the page with my most beautiful photograph on it, tore it out and wrapped the fish up in it. That was the first slap on the face of my career." This was indeed a sweet but humbling experience for Roversi. His photographic aesthetic reflects that of studio photography in its earliest days, but with a stark modernity infused with nostalgia. His subjects ignite an intensity that reveals as much of the photographer as of the model.

Roversi’s list of credits runs from shoots for Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire to catalogues for Romeo Gigli, Christian Dior and Yohji Yamamoto.

Ralph Gibson

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Runtime - length of the film: 7m21s
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Ralph Gibson is a master of photography. Born in 1939 in Los Angeles he started his photo career in the U.S. Navy and worked as an assistant to Dorothea Lange and Robert Frank. We met up with Ralph in his parisian gallery where he told us how he works in both black & white and colour with his Leica and why he doesn't believe in digital photography.

A glance behind the Iron Curtain

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Runtime - length of the film: 14m38s
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Philippe Chancel is one of the few photographers who has had the chance to travel to North Korea several times and to photograph a country mostly unknown to the west. AsPhilippe puts it on his website: 'We are about to discover a place not frozen in time, but outside of time, a place, litteraly, like no other on earth.'

Come along and take a look behind the Iron Curtain.