Raoul Coutard (1924 – 2016)

The famous French cinematographer Raoul Coutard, died aged 92. In a career spanning 50 years, he made more than 75 films. He is mostly remembered for his collaboration with the directors of the French New Wave. Coutard was a regular collaborator of Jean-Luc Godard, and was also working with Fancois Truffaut (Jules and Jim, Shoot the Pianist) and Jacques Demy (Lola).

Coutard was one of the most prominent contemporary cinematographers, whose inventive approach became the basis of the visual aesthetics of the this film movement.

Couture gained reputation with Godard’s film Breathless, black and white, handheld movie, shot in terms of natural light.

Documentary approach was not strange to him, away, since he took part in the French-Indochinese war, first as a war photographer, later as a freelancer, whose photos were published in Paris Match and Time.

His directorial debut, Hoa – Binh was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1970.