These photographs come from the Silenzio! Mémoires de cinéma series, through which François Fontaine pays vibrant homage to the 7th Art. Freeze frames, taken from memorable films throughout the history of cinema, such as Alfred Hitchcock?s To Catch A Thief or Jean-Pierre Melville?s The Samurai, engender visual emotions led by ?a reflection on memory, dream and fantasy?. Bringing a chromatic ?shift? to the scenes, the photographer creates pictorial and dreamlike images that ?attract and hypnotise through their sensual, nostalgic and universal language?. Recognisable by their silhouettes, the portraits of famous actors and actresses such as Grace Kelly, Alain Delon, Jean Seberg and Marilyn Monroe are transformed into iconic images that refer to the whole of the cinema: ?Genres, stories and eras interpenetrate and merge in these images, that echo one another.? FF.
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Born in 1968, François Fontaine lives and works in Paris. His passion for travel and photography started at an early age and has taken him to Southeast Asia, Spain, Brazil, China, Japan and India. Since 1991, his career has grown steadily, through numerous appearances in the press as well as many exhibitions in galleries and museums, in France and abroad. His favourite themes being the eternal, the unreal and the supernatural, François Fontaine has allowed his feelings and intuitions to guide his photographic work. His inspiration comes mainly from his encounters and his long-distance trips, as well as the literature and cinema that has fascinated him since childhood. His work has been rewarded in France and François Fontaine was a finalist for the Prix Kodak de la Critique Photographique in 1997, the Prix CCF in 2005 and the Prix Leica Oscar Barnack in 2006.