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Oscars: Showcasing the Seventh Art


For the occasion of the ninety-third Oscars ceremony, YellowKorner is showcasing a selection of art photographs from its “Cinema” collection. This year, the prestigious Hollywood evening unfolds from 25 April in an historic train station in the heart of Los Angeles: Union Station.

Legendary Directors



At the age of 30, Frenchman Nicolas Guérin passed from the world of cinema to that of photography. This conversion did not however prevent him from continuing to rub shoulders with the stars of the seventh art throughout his career. He has created the portraits of several legendary directors such as Clint Eastwood, Quentin Tarantino, or Dennis Hopper.

Silence, We’re Rolling

Brigitte Bardot


The actress plays a cover girl. In 1956, Roger Vadim predicted that she would be “the inaccessible fantasy of all married men”. Eleven years later, Brigitte Bardot once again represented – in cinema and in the city, and for some time thereafter – the sensual woman who braved taboos to experience her passions.

Jacques Tati and Mr. Hulot

This photograph presents a mythical scene from Mon Oncle in which the spectator discovers the sweet complicity between little Gérard and his uncle, Mr. Hulot. Uncle and nephew drive through the Vieux Saint-Maur-des-Fossés neighbourhood on a Solex. The film opposes two images of the city post-war, a picturesque and traditional world with another, modern and sanitized world.

Marilyn Monroe in "Niagara"


Fashion icon, life-sized symbol of femininity and sensuality. Keystone Agency is a name you may be familiar with. It was the first photo journalism agency with several branches around the world. Keen to contribute to the anniversary celebration of Elton John’s “Norma Jean” the agency dedicated a series of photographs to her, entitled Marilyn 1960. Marie-Lou Chatel, a Belgian artist-photographer, followed suit by proposing a photographic overview of her birthday. One image that stays in our memory features Marilyn Monroe blowing out her birthday candles. A photograph that will delight fans of the Hollywood star. Milton Greene took hundreds of photos of the star.

BIOGRAPHY

François Fontaine was born in 1968. He lives and works in Paris. As a history of art student at the Sorbonne, he developed a passion for photography. As the son of a naval officer this practice was closely linked to travel. Thereby he went to South-East Asia, Spain, Brazil, China, Japan and India. Each of these destinations was an opportunity to continue his artistic research from an iconographic point of view as well as stylistic. These series were awarded and François Fontaine was a finalist in the Prix Kodak de la Critique Photographique in 1997, the Prix CCF in 2005 and the Leica Oscar Barnack Prize in 2006.  ... See more See less

About the artwork

This nocturnal view was captured by William Gottlieb in 1948 on 52nd Street, New York, then restored and colourised by Marie-Lou Chatel in 2018.The photographer's objective is to find colours similar to reality without distorting the essence of the original image. The choice of both colours and settings must be meticulous and harmonious. Upon reflection, it seems akin to a countless number of categories: from haute couture to painting, to the talents of a stained-glass maker or jewel setter. This rigorous standard requires thorough research into the historical information prior to working on the photograph Marie-Lou Chatel thus affirms that she does not seek to reduce the power of value of black and white but rather to lend it more soul and meaning. She notably cites Fernando Pessoa: "The value of things is not over time but in the intensity with which they emerge. That is why unforgettable moments, inexplicable phenomena, and incomparable individuals exist."