François Hollande by Photographer Raymond Depardon, June 2012
This is the official President’s portrait that will be hung in every city hall in France for 5 years. It was shot on 120 film with a 1963 Rolleiflex camera! Long live film!
“I had half an hour. I wanted the light to be bright, very strong, then I softened it using a method that’s commonly used in cinema. My idea was that I didn’t want to have him pose […] I asked François Hollande to walk towards me. First I tried with a Leica, then a digital camera, and finally with my old 1963 Rolleiflex that’s always brought me luck. And a picture that this camera took, in 6x6 format, turned out to be ‘the right one,’” Raymond Depardon