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Seven minutes only for portrait of François Hollande | Photographer :Marco Grob

Seven minutes only for portrait of François Hollande | Photographer :Marco Grob | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

On Friday, January 31, we arrived at the Élysée Palace in Paris to photograph the French President François Hollande for TIME’s cover. We prepared four different set ups: A black background, a white background and two locations within the palace that would make for strong environmental shots. The key on a shoot like this is to be really well prepared. My crew moves like a ballet, so the portrait session kind of has this flow.

When the president walked in, he was pressed for time. After initial introductions, I normally don’t interact much, so the relationship is between the subject and the camera. This gives me a much more authentic picture.

 

We only had seven minutes to make the two different studio portraits, one of those ended up on the cover of TIME International. I was also able to sneak in the two environmental pictures, which both ran in the magazine.

There are different ways to get a good portrait. There are a lot of photographers who have a much different approach. But my subjects often don’t have time to get used to the fact that they’re being photographed. Which probably adds some immediacy.



Read more: Meeting François Hollande: Behind TIME’s Cover with Marco Grob - LightBox http://lightbox.time.com/2014/02/06/francois-hollande-time-cover/#ixzz2suxaeGU9


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More about great job of Marco Grob: http://www.marcogrob.com/work

Marco Grob is a contract photographer for TIME. He previously photographed major figures from the civil rights movement for One Dream, TIME’s multimedia commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington and the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. 


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Photographing a dignitary | Photographer: Serge Bouvet

Photographing a dignitary | Photographer: Serge Bouvet | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"The news related to the official portrait of President of the Republic, François Hollande, directed by Raymond Depardon, makes me want to write about. I happened to photograph a few dignitaries. Some want a sober picture , modest picture, while others prefer a portrait in phase with the prestige of their status..."

 

Serge Bouvet is a french professional photographer based in Paris. Providing event photography, press portraits, photojournalism. 

 

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Olivier besancenot | Photojournalist: Serge Bouvet

Olivier besancenot | Photojournalist: Serge Bouvet | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"Retour en arrière, 15 décembre 2009, alors que j’étais à l’assemblée nationale, au 33 quai d’Orsay, pour photographier l’ancien député Didier Migaud, actuel président à la COurs des Compte, attendant dans la salle presse, j’entendis soudain une clameur et des pétarades. Tous les cameramen de chaine TV se précipitèrent vers la sortie.
J’armai mon appareil photo d’un 70mm pour saisir une image surréaliste : le ciel nuageux est comme rougi par des torches de manifestants et Olivier Besancenot (NPA) est aux prises avec huit personnes des forces de l’ordre, agitant une torche rouge, agrippé à une statue surplombant les grilles dangereusement pointues du Palais Bourbon."- Serge Bouvet

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La pose prestigieuse du dignitaire | sergebouvet.com

La pose prestigieuse du dignitaire | sergebouvet.com | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Lorsque je fus reçu par la Directrice de la communication de la Cour des Comptes, Dorine Bregman, au Palais Cambon situé au 13, rue Cambone, elle me proposa de réaliser plusieurs portrait de Didier Migaud en couleur, en plan moyen et en gros plan, près du somptueux escalier d’honneur dont elle n’a pas manqué de m’en brosser l’historique. Quelle escalier ! A le monter, l’estime de soi devait être au beau fixe et papillonnante. J’avisais sur le bout de l’escalier, le détail prestigieux de la noblesse française, un globe surmonté d’une croix, l’orbe impérial. Ce fut par le passé un insigne royal pour le sacre de la plupart des monarchies européeenes. Ce symbole chrétien de l’autorité connote la domination temporelle du Christ sur le monde. C’était donc un  escalier sacré qui en imposait.

 

 

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