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Behind the lens
Nicole Kidman © Stéphane Kossmann
Zhang Yuqi © Stéphane Kossmann
Leonardo DiCaprio © Stéphane Kossmann
© Stéphane Kossmann
Le photographe en quelques mots...
As the stars prepare to climb the steps of the Palais at the Festival de Cannes, fixed smiles at the ready and about to turn towards the official press photographers' area, Stephane Kossmann catches them by surprise with sideways, three-quarter shots, capturing their wonderment, their anxiety, their tiny uncontrolled gestures. Working with natural light and always in black and white, Hoffmann crystallises those fleeting and spontaneous moments, when the stars let their guard down, which will forever escape the volley of official shots. The very opposite of a paparazzi voyeur, and without a hint of malice, Kossman’s eye is that of a benevolent aesthete, whose only sense of subversion lies in his quirky angles and timing. His work provides a series of images lacking elsewhere, which only intensify and enhance the essential glamour of his subjects. For 25 years he has been surprising the stars, from Robert de Niro to Angelina Jolie, adding just a hint of the sublime along the way.
By Guillaume Loison