"Photography... Because every morning, life's enchantments are there, generous enough to allow themselves to be seen by whoever wants to see them. …to share that rare instant with you when, behind the lens, the veil opens halfway." Antoine Tudal
AboutWho was Antoine Tudal?
Born on 28 March 1931 in Warsaw, the grandson of a Breton admiral, he died on 11 April 2010 aged 79 in Lons-Le-Saunier. He was a poet, playwright, photographer, actor, scriptwriter.
Son of the painter Jeannine Guillou, who became Nicolas de Staël's companion when he was seven, Antoine Tudal spent his childhood and adolescence in the company of the great painters and artists of the 20th century.
When he was 13, he wrote the collection of poems Souspente, which would be illustrated by Georges Braque and prefaced by Pierre Reverdy – a work reissued in 2019 by Le Bruit du Temps with an original text by his sister, Anne de Staël.
A few years later, at Nicolas de Staël's request, he produced a series of photographs of the painter in his studio.
Awarded with an Oscar for the film Les dimanches de Ville d'Avray ("Sundays and Cybele") in 1962, he went on to collaborate with Orson Welles, Bertrand Blier and Jacques Prévert, to name but a few.
Having caught the attention of Raymond Queneau at Gallimard, he brought out his first novel Tempo with the publisher.
In the '90s, he developed a passion for the circus, which he photographed using an aesthetic, rather than factual approach.
His photographic research on life's pareidolia has led to a poetic, complex vision of the world, inciting us to bring his work to the general public.
It is this artist and his protean work that we want to bring to light, to allow as many people as possible to discover him.
|Film, Super 8, color, 2020