Christopher Doyle… photographer who changed cinematography

by deborah on 11/9/2008

When it’s about Christopher Doyle’s photography, most of the time I’m speechless… I think, it’s better than to leave Doyle to speak for himself… with photographs and wordz… at least for tonight…

‘I have the most wonderful job in the world because I’m looking. Every day I notice the light on your face.’

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Photo: Christopher Doyle (c)

‘I think the way I film is based in dance. The relationship between me, the camera, and the actor is a dance.’

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Photo: Christopher Doyle (c)

‘This exhibition is my corruption of a popular Chinese expression not three , not four which usually implies something is wishy washy, that the intent is not clear and the result ambiguous. I suggest the reverse here: that cinema is an experience modified by the three people most directly engaged: the first being the person (animal/object) in front of the camera, presenting, baring, searching, sharing through a medium (cameraperson/ director/lens) with a third participant: the viewer. All three have intent and integrity but the result is communal and personal… not wishy washy… very memorable… totally owned by each of the three… not some ambiguous four(th).’

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Photo: Christopher Doyle (c)

Two years ago Christopher Doyle was a guest of One Take Film Festival in Zagreb… the festival presented his one take films, slightly different and experimental oriented than films he did for other directors… One Take also hosted his exhibition entitled ‘Three, not four’ which was on view in Zagreb’s Glyptoteque. Photographs were taken during the breaks on the sets of the films Doyle worked on.

Because Doyle is a very easy going and approachable person, he was thrilled with the creative atmosphere by folkz from One Take Festival and cinematographic banditos around the scene fascinated with Asian cinematography; and he decided to offer his photographs for the charity auction which will be opened till the end of the festival.

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Photo: Christopher Doyle (c)

Yesterday, I’ve vent to the opening of the exhibition in the Europa cinema, a project set up as introduction for One Take Film Festival, and film screening of Gus Van Sant’s film Paranoid Park… It was very crowded, so I couldn’t concentrate or focus long enough on photographs… Therefore, I will be blogging more in the following days on Chris Doyle’s photography …

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Photo: Christopher Doyle (c)

Facts:
Cristopher Doyle was born in 1952 in a suburb of Sydney. He arrived to Hong Kong in late 1970s, inspired by the love for Chinese art and Chinese language. Soon after that, he moved to Taiwan where he started to photograph and film theatre and dance groups. He never studied at a film school or undertook any formal training in cinematography. His first collaboration as a director of photography was realised with Edward Yang on Yang’s feature-lenght debut That Day on the Beach (1982).

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Photo: Christopher Doyle (c)

He often collaborated with the famous Hong Kong author Wong Kar-Wai (Days of Being Wild, 1991; Chungking Express, 1994; Happy Together, 1997; 2046, 2004; etc.) and the eminent director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (Last Life in the Universe, 2003; Invisible Waves, 2006). Although he worked in Hollywood in the last few years (Psycho, Gus Van Sant, 1998; The Quiet American, 2002; Lady in the Water, M. Night Shyamalan, 2006), he remained strongly attached to the Eastern Asian cinematography (Hero, Zhang Yimou, 2002; Infernal Affairs, 2002; Three…Extremes, 2004). In 1999 he directed his debut feature-length film Away with Words. (One Take Film Festival)

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  • dreamduke

    do you know where we can inquire further about christopher doyles
    photography? are there any places to buy some of his pieces? thanks

  • dreamduke

    do you know where we can inquire further about christopher doyles photography? are there any places to buy some of his pieces? thanks

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