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Page 6: During my Studies. Specialized Studies University Diploma (D.U.E.S.) in Mathematics and Physics at the University of Lille.

A protest against compulsory military service. 23 years later it was abolished. Hurray! However, it was a little too late for me.
Please note that I was almost the only man to have long hair in all of Arras, Pas-de-Calais, France. The Arrageois would often call me “Madame” or would even cross to the opposite sidewalk if they saw me approaching.
Strangely enough, in England, everyone spoke to me kindly. The Channel is one large cultural gap!

I have to say at least one positive thing about the French National Education of the time : plenty of vacation at Christmas, Easter, and summer to allow us to get away to go work in England.

Specialized Studies University Diploma (D.U.E.S.) in Mathematics and Physics at the University of Lille.

Robert Doisneau : "For me, making pictures, being a photographer, it’s a way to express my joy to be in the world and to see it clearly."

Anti military service demonstration in France in 1972. 23 years later, it was abolished. Yea! Too late for me (see page 12) I'm the red circled one. Note that I was the only one wearing long hair in my town (Arras, France) during my education (Ph.D. in Mathematics).

The French used to call me : "Madame" and would change pavement on seeing me. Strangely enough, in England, people were always nice to me, even old ladies spoke to me amiably. The Channel is a huge gap. The only good thing in the French education of the time was: very long vacation, so I could go and work in England. (military service: see page 12).

I meet Jean-Pierre Dézèque, Bernard Fourdinier and Claudette Facon, among others.

In 1960, he was part of the group that created the monthly magazine Hara-Kiri founded by Cavanna, Georges Bernier (Professeur Choron) and Fred (Fred Othon Aristidès), which would become one of the jewels of underground culture in the ‘70s.
We’ll never forget his characters : Gros Dégueulasse (Large Disgusting), Jeanine…
Among the principal characteristics of his style, we can name: his habit of speaking to normal people about their every-day lives. He very rarely drew politicians from his time, even while he worked for a satirical magazine. The simplicity of his drawings.

Reiser always goes right to the heart of things. His goal: to make people laugh ; his humour, a little crude for the time, often took on bad taste. Upon his death, Hara-Kiri printed a special issue with the title “Il est allé au cimitière à pied” (He went to the cemetery by foot), re-using one of his drawings originally made for Franco. Upon his burial at the Montparnasse cemetery, the Hara-Kiri team laid down a bouquet on which could be read : « De la part de Hara-Kiri, en vente partout » (“From Hara-Kiri, for sale everywhere”).
You can see one of his drawings on page 86 : The Crisis.

A novella by Bradbury had a lasting impact on me.
An explosion in a spaceshuttle, like in "Gravity". Two astronauts find themselves ejected from their vehicle in their spacesuits. They keep radio contact and know that they have no chance of survival. The first, a wise and tidy man, declares that he will die with his dreams. The other, an adventurer and a flirt, says he will die with his memories. I chose the latter. Thank you, Ray.

Raymond « Ray » Bradbury, born the 22nd of August 1920, dead the 5th of June 2012, was an American writer of fantasy, science-fiction, and horror.
He is widely known for his The Martian Chronicles written in 1950, The Illustrated Man, a collection of short stories published in 1951, and most of all for the dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953).


This photo’s name is Eugénie, because when I made it, my ideas were genius. Aside from the rather lousy pun, my photo represents cold and loneliness, just before I was forced to leave England for my French military service in 1978.
Later on, I used it for my Christmas card. I never failed to this tradition. No, I am not negative, this is the original.
Model : Marie-Annick Delavenne.

Later on, I used it for my Christmas card. I never failed to this tradition. No, I am not negative, this is the original.

Reflections on the Somme river in Amiens.

"Master Song" by
Leonard Cohen
I believe that you heard your master sing when I was sick in bed. I suppose that he told you everything that I keep locked away in my head. Your master took you travelling, well at least that's what you said. And now do you come back to bring your prisoner wine and bread? You met him at some temple, where they take your clothes at the door. He was just a numberless man in a chair who'd just come back from the war. And you wrap up his tired face in your hair and he hands you the apple core. Then he touches your lips now so suddenly bare of all the kisses we put on some time before. And he gave you a German Shepherd to walk with a collar of leather and nails, and he never once made you explain or talk about all of the little details, such as who had a word and who had a rock, and who had you through the mails. Now your love is a secret all over the block, and it never stops not even when your master fails. And he took you up in his aeroplane, which he flew without any hands, and .....

I went to his concert in July 2009. Impressive modesty and talent.
Leonard Cohen doesn’t need a motorcycle helmet or a shining bowtie.

Leonard Cohen in Anthem = « There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. »

For freedom of speech.

I am Charlie

January 11th, 2015: “Charlie” Republican March at the Place de la République, around 1.5 million people. 130 MB panorama, 20 vertical photos, done with a 14mm Nikkor lens, with a 25MP Nikon D750, on a 2.5m monopod.

"Coups de sang" (Fits of Rage) by François Cavanna
"If it really was a god who made this cesspit of horror and hopelessness with death at the end of it all, then he is such a rotten bastard that it would be better if there wasn’t a god at all."
"Open letter to those with blessed arses" by François Cavanna
"The greatest discovery by the inventors of religions : “God is love!”. So what? What does this change? Try all you want to preach a god of love to people, they will still use him to sanctify their sleaze and their crimes “for a good cause” as well as their massacres, with blessing priests on the front lines. As for God, he says what we want him to say. That’s what it’s good for."

I learned English with the TV series “Walter and Connie reporting”, by memorizing pages of vocabulary and by going in person.
However my sister, who is very intelligent, after 6 years of English, 3 hours per week in Arras, Pas-de-Calais, is incapable of uttering a simple sentence.
So there must be a big problem with National French Education. The Berlitz school does better in 3 months!
30 years later, nothing has changed : English is still as badly taught.
At the end of the 2010s, the National French Education board created, all of a sudden (there had been next to none before) a whole bunch of diplomas in photography, from CAP (vocational certificate obtained 2 years after 8th grade) to Masters level, more than 3000 new graduates per year in the Paris area alone. Unfortunately, they never stopped to ask themselves: are there future job prospects? No, sorry, there aren’t any. About 200 photographers retire, every year, in the Parisian area. Do the math. There isn’t even work for non-beginner photographers.

Tip for foreigners : Learn French, it is much easier than understanding the French speaking their bad English!

In the Bible, Jesus was born in Bethleem, in Palestine, a country where people are called : Mohamed, Abdel, Mounir, Aziz, Ahmed, Farid, Omar, Youssouf, Mouloud, etc.. Stiil, He managed to find 12 friends called Jean, Pierre, Paul, Jacques, Thomas, Matthieu, André, Philippe, Simon, etc.. and who drank wine ! This is a miracle in itself !

Picasso was a real genius. What’s more, he never stuck to the same style.

Christian Fournier : "To apply oneself to a single subject or style is, admittedly, the key to success for many famous photographers but an attack on open-mindedness and creativity”

You have 10 red socks and 10 black socks in your drawer. You must open this drawer at night and take out socks without looking so as not to wake up your wife (this happens to me all the time."

How many socks must you take out to have at least one matching pair? I’m not going to give you the answer, because it is very easy. If you can’t figure it out, send me an email.

Rodin, magnificent as ever.

John Lennon was a founding member of perhaps the greatest band in the history of music, The Beatles. He is one of the most famous musicians of all time and is often considered by many to be the greatest songwriter in history. His writing partnership with Paul McCartney is of legend, and his solo records, including Give Peace a Chance and Imagine, were anti-war anthems that propelled him into global stardom that still lasts to this day. Lennon is seen as the face of the counter culture movement, one that inspired an entire generation.
"Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it". John Lennon

Beatles "Revolution" : In many documentaries and films, the French continue to use this song by John Lennon as the flagship of a revolution. Even after 50 years, they have still not understood that Lennon was a pacifist and that his song “Revolution” was not meant to encourage a sacking, but calm. Ignorance is a terrible vice!

"We were all on this ship in the sixties, our generation, a ship going to discover the New World. And the Beatles were in the crow's nest of that ship." John Lennon.

D.U.E.S. (University degree in Science) Mathematics and Physics at l'Université de Lille

Certificate saying I passed my freshman year.

Certificate saying I passed my second year.

I found my old slide rule from this time, 1974, in 2015. In the background you can see my computer set up with my Nikon camera connected to it for instant viewing of the photos.
There has been great technological advancements since my degree in Mathematics!

Excerpt from my scrapbook at the time.

I meet Colette Dervyck. Below, my brother Dominique.

Excerpt from my scrapbook at the time.

I meet the inseparable Françoise Ogradowczyk and her stuffed animal Tilou. Without a doubt the birthplace of my famous “Stuffed Animals in the Wild”. See page 81.

I found this drawn on the walls of the Lycée Robespierre school in 2014. Could it be Tilou, Françoise’s dear stuffed animal?

Abstraction among the blades of grass.

Ansel Adams : "You don’t take a photograph, you make it."

More concrete abstraction!

Foliage near Lille

My craft workshop in the cellar in Arras.

I meet Christian Falize. I also meet Sally Walcroft. Strangely I don’t have a single photo of either of them.

My room in 1996

Close-up shots (a novelty at the time), music by Enio Morricone, Claudia Cardinale ...
Je rencontre Claudia Cardinale en 2015

I meet Claudia Cardinale in 2015.
Claudia Cardinale, née Claude Joséphine Rose Cardinale, was born April 15th 1938 in Tunis, a French protectorate in Tunisia. An Italian film actress, it was through her work at the sides of Alain Delon in Rocco and his Brothers and in The Leopard, as well as with Jean-Paul Belmondo in Cartouche which made her well-known to the French public, while her success in the United States and international reknown came to her in 1963 through Federico Fellini’s 8½ and, in 1964, Henry Hathaway’s Circus World, affirmed once again in 1969 by Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West.

Il était une fois dans l'Ouest (titre original : C'era una volta il West) est un film de Sergio Leone réalisé en 1968 et sorti en salle en France le 27 août 1969. Ce film est considéré comme un chef-d'œuvre. Sa musique, créée par Ennio Morricone, reste aujourd'hui célèbre.
Il était une fois dans l'Ouest est un film dont l'action se passe lors de la conquête de l'Ouest américain. Il évoque l'âpre rivalité des intérêts pour l’appropriation des terres que traverse la construction du chemin de fer et met en scène différents personnages représentatifs des westerns classiques pour mieux les détourner.
Sergio Leone en fait une œuvre imposante et personnelle, ce qui serait la raison de son échec commercial aux États-Unis (où le film fut amputé de plusieurs scènes à sa sortie), contrairement à l'Europe qui elle, lui fait un triomphe. Certains spécialistes du cinéma ont également avancé que ce rejet du public américain était dû au refus de voir Henry Fonda dans un rôle de tueur d'enfant. Il n'en reste pas moins que le cinéma américain se voit concurrencer par le cinéma européen sur un genre cinématographique qui lui était historiquement réservé : le Western et qui, de surcroît, peut être tourné hors de son territoire historique.
Claudia Cardinale hérite du rôle d'une jeune veuve au grand cœur, seul personnage féminin du film, Jason Robards celui de l'aventurier sans scrupule qui trouvera la rédemption. Henry Fonda campe un tueur sans scrupule embauché par le patron du chemin de fer (Gabriele Ferzetti) pour éliminer tous les obstacles susceptibles de venir contre-carrer sa construction et Charles Bronson interprète un vengeur silencieux.
Il était une fois dans l'Ouest est souvent considéré comme l'un des plus grands films du cinéma mondial et un des plus influents.
En 2009, le film est sélectionné par Le National Film Registry pour être conservé à la Bibliothèque du Congrès des États-Unis pour son « importance culturelle, historique ou esthétique ».

Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Sergio Leone, Charles Bronson, Jason Robards.
Sergio Leone montre à Claudia Cardinale comment tenir le fusil.
Le Bon, la Brute et le Truand (Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo) est un film germano-hispano-italo-américain réalisé par Sergio Leone et sorti en 1966. Parmi les plus célèbres westerns de l'histoire du cinéma, il est considéré comme la quintessence du style « western spaghetti ».

Il était une fois en Amérique (Once Upon a Time in America) est le dernier film réalisé par Sergio Leone sorti en 1984. Il s'agit d'un film américano-italien adapté du roman The Hoods de Harry Grey sorti en 1952. Les acteurs principaux sont Robert De Niro, James Woods et Elizabeth McGovern.
Le film raconte, de la Prohibition aux années soixante, quarante-cinq ans des vicissitudes dramatiques du mafieux David Aaronson dit « Noodles » et de ses amis, du ghetto juif de leur enfance vers les plus hautes sphères du crime organisé de New York.
Il était une fois en Amérique n'est autre que le troisième volet de la grande saga portant sur plusieurs périodes-clés de l'histoire américaine. Le premier opus, Il était une fois dans l'Ouest, se situe à l'époque de la conquête de l'Ouest. Le second, Il était une fois la révolution, se déroule en pleine révolution mexicaine, et enfin Il était une fois en Amérique, revient sur la période de la prohibition et l'avènement du gangstérisme. Le film explore les thèmes de l'amitié d'enfance, l'amour, la luxure, l'avarice, la trahison et les relations brisées.

Robert De Niro

Masterclass avec Ennio Morricone le 22nov2018 à la cinémathèque de Bercy

Ennio Morricone, né le 10 novembre 1928 à Rome, est un compositeur, producteur et chef d'orchestre italien. Il est réputé notamment pour ses musiques de films, en particulier celles réalisées pour son ami et camarade de classe Sergio Leone. Sur une carrière s'étalant sur plus d'un demi-siècle, la popularité de ses musiques depuis les années 1960 en a fait une des personnalités les plus importantes et influentes du cinéma italien, puis mondial.
Œuvres principales : Bandes originales de : Pour une poignée de dollars, Et pour quelques dollars de plus, Le Bon, la Brute et le Truand, La Bataille d'Alger, Il était une fois dans l'Ouest, Le Clan des Siciliens, Il était une fois la révolution, Mon nom est Personne, Peur sur la ville, I... comme Icare, Le Professionnel, The Thing, Il était une fois en Amérique, Mission, Les Incorruptibles, Cinema Paradiso, Mission to Mars, Les Huit Salopards , Malèna


90 ans !

A naked girl on the cover increases sales

CAVANNA : A chameleon only has the colour of a chameleon when you put it in front of another chameleon.


"Gallows Pole" Hangman, hangman, hold it a little while, Think I see my friends coming, Riding a many mile. Friends, did you get some silver? Did you get a little gold? What did you bring me, my dear friends, To keep me from the Gallows Pole? What did you bring me to keep me from the Gallows Pole? I couldn't get no silver, I couldn't get no gold, You know that we're too damn poor to keep you from the Gallows Pole. Hangman, hangman, hold it a little while, I think I see my brother coming, riding a many mile. Brother, did you get me some silver? .......

The British painter William Turner. It is beautiful. All of his work is in this same style.
I will try to do the same thing when I paint on my slides.

“Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones” ― John Lennon

Excerpt from my scrapbook at the time

Do you see the rotation?


Renaud Séchan, dit Renaud, né le 11 mai 1952 à Paris, est un auteur-compositeur-interprète français.
Avec vingt-trois albums totalisant quasiment vingt millions d'exemplaires vendus, Renaud est l'un des chanteurs les plus populaires en France et l'un des plus connus dans la francophonie. Ses chansons, aux textes volontiers émaillés d'argot, abordent des thèmes aussi bien légers que graves, faisant alterner humour, émotion et critique sociale.
Il s'est lui-même surnommé « le chanteur énervant » en raison de ses multiples engagements pour des causes comme les droits de l'homme, l'écologisme ou l'antimilitarisme qui transparaissent fréquemment dans ses chansons. Bien que ses positions aient pu en certaines occasions susciter la polémique, il est devenu au fil des années l'un des Français les plus populaires.
Il a également joué dans quelques films, notamment en 1993 dans l'adaptation de Germinal par Claude Berri.
Baby-sitting blues, Miss Maggie, Mistral gagnant, Morts les enfants, La Pêche à la ligne, Le Retour de la Pépette, Trois matelots

Extrait des paroles de "Madame Thatcher" par Renaud :
Femmes du monde ou bien putains qui, bien souvent, êtes les mêmes
Femmes normales, stars ou boudins
Femelles en tout genre, je vous aime
Même à la dernière des connes
Je veux dédier ces quelques vers
Issus de mon dégoût des hommes
Et de leur morale guerrière
Car aucune femme sur la planète
Ne sera jamais plus con que son frère
Ni plus fière ni plus malhonnête
À part peut-être, Madame Thatcher
Femme je t'aime parce que
Lorsque le sport devient la guerre
Y'a pas de gonzesses, ou si peu
Dans les hordes des supporters
Ces fanatiques fous furieux
Abreuvés de haine et de bière
Défiant les crétins en bleu
Insultant les salauds en vert
Y'a pas de gonzesses hooligans
Imbéciles et meurtrières
Y'en a pas, même en Grande-Bretagne
À part, bien sûr, Madame Thatcher

Emmanuelle est un film érotique français réalisé par Just Jaeckin sur un scénario de Jean-Louis Richard d'après le roman éponyme d'Emmanuelle Arsan, mettant en scène Sylvia Kristel dans le rôle-titre, Alain Cuny, Marika Green et Christine Boisson.
Date de sortie : 26 juin 1974 (France)
Titre musical associé : Emmanuelle, Pierre Bachelet


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