Audrey Tautou has gone from the sweet and dreamy Amélie, to exhibiting nude mugshots in a series of photographs she's taken over the course of her career.
Tautou's photography will make its debut at the Recontres d'Arles festival in France this summer. Her exhibition will feature a selection of self portraits alongside photos she's taken of journalists who have interviewed her. The subject matter offers an interesting contrast - Tautou's intimate self portraiture reflects a private image of herself, while snapshots of journalists reflect those who have shaped her public image since the success of Amélie in 2001.
Tautou told the New York Times that she turned to photography as a creative outlet following the sudden fame and success her role in Amélie brought her in 2001. “I needed to do it,” she said. “Maybe because of what happened to me with this huge celebrity suddenly – it was a way for me to take a bit of distance from the storm.”
Read more about Tautou's relationship with photography here.
In the 15 years since the film “Amélie” made her a star, the French actress Audrey Tautou has built up a parallel practice as a photographer. Working alone and using herself as a model, Tautou has captured self-portraits that dwell on the nature of public image and constructed identity — and will go on display for the first time at next month's @rencontresarles photography festival. As for how it will be received on so public and high-minded a platform as #Arles, she shrugs. "I’m very used to presenting things to the audience, so I know that as soon as you give something, it doesn’t belong to you any more." To see more of her work, visit tmagazine.com. Photo by Audrey Tautou.