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Nicolas Guérin

Todd Haynes. In my view the greatest portraitist of women in contemporary cinema, along with Jane Campion. I had never met him before, and I wanted to produce a simple image, centred around his eyes......

Todd Haynes. In my view the greatest portraitist of women in contemporary cinema, along with Jane Campion. I had never met him before, and I wanted to produce a simple image, centred around his eyes...... © Nicolas Guérin

Benicio Del Toro. A somewhat furtive encounter, but in light conditions that I love. The contrast between his skin and his eyes is striking; the only problem was getting him to take off his glasses...

Benicio Del Toro. A somewhat furtive encounter, but in light conditions that I love. The contrast between his skin and his eyes is striking; the only problem was getting him to take off his glasses... © Nicolas Guérin

Hou Hsiao-Hsien. I was in Cannes the last two times he was here, and he is one of the greatest visual artists I know. I have photographed him many times without ever exchanging a word...

Hou Hsiao-Hsien. I was in Cannes the last two times he was here, and he is one of the greatest visual artists I know. I have photographed him many times without ever exchanging a word... © Nicolas Guérin

Sophie Marceau. I’d given up on this happening, I had wanted to do it for so long... She marked my adolescence, and is even more beautiful now than she was thirteen years ago. I didn’t spend long with her, but I love her eyes on this picture.

Sophie Marceau. I’d given up on this happening, I had wanted to do it for so long... She marked my adolescence, and is even more beautiful now than she was thirteen years ago. I didn’t spend long with her, but I love her eyes on this picture. © Nicolas Guérin

Le photographe en quelques mots...

After graduating in filmmaking from the Sorbonne, Nicolas Guérin turned his hand to photography and began working for the film magazine Positif. In 2002, to mark the publication's 50th anniversary, his portraits were exhibited round the world, from Cannes to Yokohama, including a stint at Lyon's Institut Lumière.

In May 2010 Positif devoted a special issue to Guérin, featuring 80 portraits of filmmakers in honour of ten years of mutual loyalty.

Nicolas Guérin divides his time between portraits, fashion ad his personal projects around the study of the nude.