A profile of artist and photographer Andre Villiers
When AndrÃ© was 23, he was walking around the town of Vallauris, taking pictures. He took a photograph of an older man. The next day, AndrÃ© developed the photo and took it back to show it to Â the man. The man shook his head and said, “I like it. You’re talented, kid. Now come with me, I’ll show you what I do.” And the man took AndrÃ© to his workshop where there were paintings, sculptures and ceramic objects all around. Young AndrÃ© was mesmerized. This man was Pablo Picasso!
Through Picasso, AndrÃ© was introduced to painters such as Chagall, Dali, Miro, Fernand LÃ©ger, Hartung or Magnelli, filmmakers BuÃ±uel and Fellini, photographer BrassaÃ¯, poet and writer Jacques PrÃ©vert, architect Le Corbusier, pianist Richter and many many others…Â He has photographed them all and has never boasted about it. Throughout his life, he kept a low profile, even though his photographs are known worldwide.Â At that time, AndrÃ© also met and became friends with fellow photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson, BrassaÃ¯, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Robert Doisneau or David Douglas Duncan.
Together with Picasso and PrÃ©vert, he did a collaborative work made of Picasso’s and AndrÃ©’s photocollages accompanied by poetic texts by PrÃ©vert.Â In 1962, the album, called DIURNES,was published by Heinz Berggruen. With Michel Butor writing the text, they alsoworked on a series called â€˜Bottlesâ€™ in the1980â€™s:
AndrÃ© has also carried out extensive experimentalwork: photogrammes, emulsions, photographic developer spraying, photocollages and cut-outs.
AndrÃ© Villers is a fully-fledged artist. Â Itâ€™s time for people to hear his story and recognize his work.
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Director: Marketa Tomanova
Country of Production: Czech Republic