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.

About the artwork

Marie-Lou Chatel discovered the digital portal of the American Library of Congress, which constitutes an important pictorial account of American life between 1935 and 1944. From then on, she specialized in the restoration and colorization of old black & white photographs in order to give them extra soul. Technical work, all in precision and high poetic density, oscillating between invention and restitution, it allows the viewer to form an idea of life at that time.