Jean-Claude Lother

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Very early on, Jean-Claude Lother developed a passion for photography and cinema, starting out as the leader of a photo club in Paris. He became an assistant photographer for Condé Nast and collaborated with the press (notably for Vogue), while at the same time working as a volunteer on film shoots. In 1992, on the advice of Caroline Champetier, cinematographer, and Pascal Caucheteux, film producer, he agreed to work on Philippe Garrel's film "The Birth of Love". This first encounter between the world of photography and that of cinema was a revelation. Since then, the 7th Art has never left him. On movie sets, Jean-Claude Lother evolves like a cat who discreetly sneaks among the crews in order to capture the movements of a scene into a still image. He synthesises the film sequences by restoring all the emotions that are at play. Lother is from this generation of photographers who have changed the face of set photography (more natural images, more personal vision). He brilliantly manages to deal with the duality of the profession: fidelity to the aesthetics of the film, precise timing of the scenes, sequences that are not replayed for the photographer; so many constraints that he knows how to appropriate in order to better render his own vision. By choosing his angles and lighting effects, he manages to produce photos that are both narrative and very personal. Jean-Claude Lother has worked on more than 200 movie sets: Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (Dany Boon), Les Petits mouchoirs (Guillaume Canet), Intouchables (Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano), Le Baron Noir (Ziad Doueiri), La Nouvelle Eve (Catherine Corsini), Jeux d'enfants (Yann Samuell), Roi et Reines (Arnaud Desplechin), De battre mon cœur s'est arrêté (Jacques Audiard), Ne le dis à personne (Guillaume Canet), Comment j'ai tué mon père (Anne Fontaine), Il a déjà tes yeux (Lucien Jean-Baptiste), Chez nous (Lucas Belvaux), Les Fantômes d'Ismaël (Arnaud Desplechin), Guy (Alex Lutz), Mauvaises Herbes (Kheiron), Jusqu'ici tout va bien (Mohamed Hamidi), Un autre monde (Stéphane Brizé), etc.

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