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An Old Frenchman

An Old Frenchman
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 28cm


Photograph by Chambré Hardman of an old Frenchman seated on a bench. It was taken when Hardman was in the village of Etang de Berre, Martigues in the South of France. The old man has a white beard and is holding a walking stick in his right hand. He is wearing a beret and has a pale coat draped over his shoulders. This is the same man that features in "Old Man with His Memories" (770 ECH/1/1/395). Exhibited at the Bluecoat Chambers in November 1968 at the invitation of Liverpool Amateur Photographic Association. The camera used was a quarter-plate Graflex and the negative was made on Kodak film. . In an article in "Amateur Photographer and Cinema Photographer", October 30th 1929 Hardman wrote, "I came across this old man, who seemed to be hundreds of years old, in Martigues a couple of years ago. Realising his pictorial possibilities I succeeded in inducing him to pose for me, and the exposure was made while he sat on a bench in the shade of some trees. A beam of direct sunlight was used to give a backlit effect. His picturesque cloak with its simple flowing lines was a very great help to me... The village where this is taken is... a very sleepy place, and the mosquitoes are bad. The clocks move slowly there. If I ever revisit Martigues and want to make another portrait of the old man, I will go to the same bench under the trees and ask him to pose for me again. I am sure he will be there". Image printed in Photography Year Book 1980. Displayed in the "Behind the Lens" Exhibition at the Picton Library, Central Library, Liverpool March-May 2004. Taken 1926.

Image Details

Property Name
E.Chambré Hardman Collection
NTPL Ref. No.
North West

©NTPL/E.Chambré Hardman Collection

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