“I was 20” is what Matthew said in the beginning of the movie.
It was the year ’68 and Paris had never been so alive. Delicate, rebellious and rebellious years like the twenty-year-old protagonists of Bertolucci’s film: Matthew, Isabelle and Theo, the dreamers who had never been so alive in Paris.
Those who know the film already know that seeing it is a cathartic experience, especially for those who are still young and eager to know. In The Dreamers there is everything, cinema, sex, eroticism, the desire for rebellion. There is the sense of the unknown, the desire to transgress, the change (even the end credits flow backwards, that is, from top to bottom) that is tempting even if it blocks our fear. The three young protagonists want to live as if they were in a work of art, amidst cinematic references and the Cinémathèque française that they frequent assiduously. “Maybe the screen was really a screen: it screened us from the world…“.
In those years even artists were committed to overcome the idea of “perfect reality” that had been indoctrinated, of an illusion pursued by Classic cinema that had to be unveiled, and for this reason The Dreamers is a film and a testimony of artistic feeling.
Fabio Cianchetti, director of photography, was awarded a Golden Ciack for Best Photography in 2004, and today we want to pay tribute to him by browsing through some of the most beautiful and intense frames and compare them with the shots of photographer Henrik Purienne. Even if there are styles and years of difference between them, there is a thought that unites them: to consider art, in the most generic term, capable of transforming our life experience and capturing exemplary moments, not only from a concrete/material point of view but also metaphorical/spiritual.
And with La Mer accompanying you in the background, browse through the gallery below and let yourself be embraced by that romantic atmosphere that only true dreamers recognize.
Did you know: Leonardo DiCaprio was offered the role of Matthew, but turned it down because he was in pre-production with The Aviator (2004). Michael Pitt, who bears considerable resemblance to DiCaprio, was cast in his place.
Thanks to Frank Kunert’s meticulous craftsmanship, it sometimes takes a few moments for the viewer to realize he is looking at a model. Many of the photographs seem to depict a daily scene of domestic life, a dining room, a nursery, except for the inclusion of a single strident detail, a trademark of his.
The German artist’s handmade miniatures recreate seemingly normal scenes which, on further examination, reveal a surreal scenario. In Under The Bridge, a support column for a highway flyer has been transformed into a sweet terraced house, while in Climbing Holidays a roadside motel is only accessible via a ladder.
“I hope the viewer will enjoy it, but also feel the melancholy of my works and the ambivalence of life, the comedy and tragedy of our so-called civilized world.”
In One Bedroom Apartment, a door opens onto a closet-shaped house with a mattress embedded in a corner above a toilet, while a lovely balcony with trees and a sun umbrella protrudes incongruously from the side of a power station that erupts pollution in Small Paradise.
For Place In The Sun, use the balconies to illustrate the lives of the wealthy and the underprivileged, where a beautiful new villa has an outdoor terrace that cantilevered over the neighbor’s balcony, blocking the light.
They could be frames from a film or photographs from a personal diary from the 1980s. Tamara Lichtenstein‘s analog shots enclose a timeless beauty that never tires.
Originally from Bolivia, Tamara lives in Hudston, Texas, and started taking pictures when she was still a little girl, when her mother gave her a camera and decided to put all her creativity into the shots she took.
Today Tamara Lichtenstein’s name is internationally recognized and, in addition to collaborating with different brands and clients, she has realized several personal projects that have literally captured our attention and our hearts.
At the center of Tamara’s artistic research we can surely find the female universe and its facets: leafing through her shots we meet faces and bodies without filters, wrapped in their natural beauty.
The grain and style of analog photography combined with the perfect use of light and the effects of double exposure, a recurring technique in Tamara’s shots, give the photographs a cinematographic style that is impossible to forget.
Below you can find a selection of the shots, but to find out more visit Tamara Lichtenstein’s website and Instagram profile.
What happens in the streets of big cities when the sun goes down and darkness covers everything? What happens to crowded squares, offices, shops? Luckily for us there are those who at night, instead of resting and sleeping, leave home and, fascinated by the spectacle that comes to life when the lights go out, start taking pictures. Tom Leighton is an English artist, photographer and printmaker who has been travelling the world for years, from London to Hong Kong, in search of views and scenarios to photograph.
Deeply fascinated by urban environments, Tom Leighton works almost always at night, photographing the deserted streets, the buildings that lose their purpose and become imposing monoliths, the luminous signs that seem suspended between the earth and the sky.
Among his works, what captured our attention the most are the two photographic series taken in Tokyo. The Japanese capital has more than 9 million inhabitants, but in Tom Leighton’s shots it appears almost deserted, it seems to have been abandoned by everyone.
So, without all those people crowding the city during the day, the photographer’s eye can rest on the details, the shapes of the buildings, the views, the symmetries, inviting us to rediscover these urban landscapes with him.
“Leighton asks us to reconsider our cities, what they are and what they might become.”
We have selected only some of his photographs, but to discover all the projects of Tom Leighton visit his website, his Instagram profile and his Behance page.