Sometimes being half French takes you to strange places. A few weeks ago I found myself on Savile Row interviewing Raymond Cauchetier, the witness of the Nouvelle Vague.
Of course, he's much more than that.
The interview wrote itself, he's such an eloquent and fascinating man, I hope my shoddy translations of his words do him justice.
Raymond Cauchetier’s name is synonymous with his candid shots of nouvelle vague stars, but his career goes far beyond set photography. A new exhibition at the James Hyman Gallery, including never before editioned photographs, brings him to reflect on his unusual path. “I’m famous here for Nouvelle Vague photographs but far more famous in Indochina for pictures like these,” Raymond Cauchetier says, gesturing to two pictures taken during his time in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. They are the only ones in the James Hyman’s Mayfair gallery that give us a glimpse of the other side of Cauchetier’s photographic career.