Filmmaker and photographer William Klein talks about his contact sheets. The first episode in the series “Contacts”, devised by William Klein himself, devoted to the contact sheets of major photographers – Henri Cartier-Bresson, Raymond Depardon, Josef Koudelka, Édouard Boubat, Elliot Erwitt, and so on.
Back in the day when photography was analogical, it was customary to print the entire film, cut into bands, onto a single sheet of photographic paper. The prints obtained were called contact sheets and made it possible to choose the shots worth enlarging. They constitute the photographer’s notebook, rough copy, sketches, crossings out and regrets, and were not seen by common mortals.
William Klein, top notch filmmaker and photographer, imagines a disarmingly simple concept to introduce us to the photographer’s artistic approach; exposing to the light of day these famous contact sheets just by passing them before our eyes, described in voice-over by their author. It’s simple but powerful; the photograph is no longer this “one shot”, caught by “miraculous” chance, involving instead, hard work, shifting, hesitation and construction – it’s all about vision…
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