Portraits have been strewn across his career like a hymn of life.
To make a portrait is to look at someone who is looking.
How does one reveal the hidden personality of the heart and mind? How to seize the unknown?
Picasso posed for seventeen years for his friend Lucien. He became the ideal model who, despite his charisma, showed himself as he was.
The expressions that Clergue managed to capture are proof of this.
The same natural expression for his friends: Michel Tournier, David Hockney, Jean Cocteau, Pierre Boulez, Ansel Adams or Salvador Dali did not manage to escape the ever-alert eye of Clergue.
But how any times did he have to press the button that day to obtain this result?