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Claude Schwartz

Born in Paris, Claude Schwartz (1935-2009) began his career in 1953 as a freelance photographer for the French and foreign press. Between 1958 and 1965, he covered shows and events for cinemas, theatres, music halls, comedian stand-ups, and the Cannes Festival. In 1960 and 1961, he travelled throughout Italy to photograph Italian cinema for the French, German, Belgian, and Swiss press.

From 1962 to 1975 he worked as the film set photographer for 52 full-length feature films. Afterward, he stopped photographing to study audiovisual techniques, and later worked as an assistant director from 1977 to 1985. In 1985 he returned to his first passion : journalism.

His work has been published in numerous works in France, Germany, Belgium, Japan, Canada, and the United States.


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Portraits

Series

Retrospective Johnny Hallyday (1961-1965) (2017)

Jean-Philippe Smet, better known as Johnny Hallyday, passed away at the age of 74. At the beginning of the sixties, Johnny Hallyday becomes a young star and his success hits keep rolling. Between 1961 and 1964, this front stage man is famous on the screen and at the Olympia concert hall with the twist, on an excessiveness career between rock’n’roll and light music. It’s in the Olympia concert hall, where Piaf, Barbara or Dalida have performed, that Johnny Hallyday sings in 1961 for his new album called Come dance the twist signed with Phillips. He has a strong personality, notable for his guitar, his stage presence and his rock’n’roll poses, and his texts are becoming more...

Where Are You from, Johnny? (2017)

Johnny Halliday plays, with co-star Sylvie Vartan, the main role in the movie « D’où viens-tu Johnny? », his first successful film that delivers a romanticized version of his début as a French rock’n roll singer. This western à la Française was one of the biggest box-office successes of 1963 and photographer Claude Schwartz documented its shooting in the Southern French region of Camargue.

Cannes film festival (1960)

Cannes film festival has changed. Claude Schwartz photographed it in 1960 when the Nouvelle Vague is taking the French cinema by storm, as well as the Croisette. Claude Schwartz told us a story that we already know. The result looks almost like a family album where one's has to remember all the names. Playful and funny, this story remains still an interesting testimony of a time when cinema was not only image and appearance.

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