Edition 2005

DENIS ROUVRE

The "Self-Analysis" exhibition

A regular on the pages of the cinema press, Denis Rouvre created an innovative series for the magazine Première at the Cannes Festival in 2004. Taking pictures of celebrities is no easy matter: marketing is omnipresent even in the body language; the situation – photographer on one side of the camera, the star wearing the obligatory smile on the other – is stereotyped; and freedom and inventiveness are faced with the dogma of total self-control.How to find a chink in the star's marketing armour? How to destabilise a pro and get him to reveal a different facet of himself? One possible solution lies in a silken white box: a mobile photography studio, a photobooth that yields unsuspected views of stars used to having their portraits taken. You put your model in the box and over the next three minutes – with preset format and lighting – he or she provides twelve pictures.Produced by Première magazine, this double-blind experiment functions as a short-circuit: an impassive lens plus total absence of mise-en-scène equals a frisson of danger that generates real-time relaxedness and/or intensity. By his very absence and his delegation of the magic moment, the photographer makes the star responsible for the portrait. How is the model going to react, faced with his or her own image? By a media autopsy – a trivial, grave or playful self-analysis.

With the collaboration of Corbis Outline and the backing of Picto.

  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture