This is the first time that Fournol’s work will go on display in the Philippines
Alfred Hitchcock (January 1955)
Susan Sontag famously wrote that in photographs, we have “surrogate possession of a cherished person or thing.”
This is something that comes to mind when looking at the images by late French photographer Luc Fournol, whose portfolio included many intimate portraits of the most influential giants of 20th century Western high art and pop culture. The viewer has a sense of possessing, for the moment, an intimate experience with the subject at hand. There’s a wealth of evidence of Alfred Hitchcock’s playfulness in his films, for instance, but there is something rare and cherished in being able to look at him the way we do in Fournol’s portraits of him. In a single frame, we find that Fournol’s captured Hitchcock in his element. The same can be said for portraits of the eccentric Salvador Dali, the immaculate Yves Saint Laurent, the brooding Hemingway, and company.
For the first time, the historical images of Luc Fournol are being brought to the Philippines and displayed for a very limited period. Opening tonight at an exclusive VIP preview event, Cyril Clement’s private collection of Fournol’s photographs will be on display at the _Gallery of A Space Manila (5/F 110 Legazpi Street, Makati) under the title Faces of the Century. The exhibit will run until tomorrow, November 20, 2015.