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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

A great photo artist has gone: Pierre Vinet

Posted on 2010.03.05 at 11:30
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Thank you, Pierre Vinet

I can't express how much I love this man's portraits of the trilogy characters. What a way he had of capturing his subjects. I bow my head in memory of this gifted artist whose work has so enriched my love of The Lord of the Rings.

To commemorate his work, I am linking an entry I made a few years ago, presenting scans of his gorgeous black and white portraits from the 2007 calendar.

~ The 2007 Calendar by Pierre Vinet, all images.

ETA: Quint, of Ain't It Cool News has done a very nice commemorative piece on Vinet, with lots of pictures. Here is the link.

~ Mechtild


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mechtild at 2010-03-05 18:09 (UTC) (Link)
He had a real eye for portraiture. He captured his subject with visual fidelity, but also conveyed a sense of the person's mood or aura -- the character or person's inner life.
elijahs_mumble at 2010-03-05 18:23 (UTC) (Link)
He had also taken the photo of Sam with Frodo in his arms, one of my favourites.
mechtild at 2010-03-05 19:20 (UTC) (Link)
He took *gorgeous* production stills. I love the colour portraits (posed) of Frodo and Gandalf, but also love SO MANY of his production stills. He did beautiful shots for the King Kong shoot, too.
ink_gypsy at 2010-03-05 18:42 (UTC) (Link)
Those portraits were some of the first LOTR images I ever saw. They're still breathtaking.
mechtild at 2010-03-05 19:20 (UTC) (Link)
I agree!
belleferret at 2010-03-05 19:27 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the link to your older post. They are stunningly gorgeous images.
mechtild at 2010-03-05 23:58 (UTC) (Link)
Aren't they super? His colour portraits were jaw-dropping, too. (My icon is from one of his Frodo portraits, which I'm sure you know intimately.) And his production stills for the films were iconic. What a loss!
shirebound at 2010-03-05 19:37 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for gathering these together for us. He was truly an artist.
mechtild at 2010-03-06 00:03 (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome, Shirebound. He was such a gift to us. I wonder what he died of? He couldn't have been old. His family and friends must be so sad.

I just Googled his name to find out his dates. Harry Knowles of Ain't It Cool News has done a piece on him. I'm going to add the link to the post above.
bagma at 2010-03-05 20:04 (UTC) (Link)
His portraits were truly exceptional. There's something about the black and white that gives the characters an intensity and a kind of timelessness that colour pictures are not always able to convey. Like ink_gypsy, they were some of the first LotR images I saw, and they gave me the feeling that I wasn't going to be disappointed by the films. I was rather dubious before.:)
mechtild at 2010-03-06 00:13 (UTC) (Link)
He was brilliant, Bagma, at projecting the look at aura of the film and its characters, whether in studio portraits or on-set photography, in both black and white and colour photos.

I added a link above: Quint of "Ain't It Cool News" has done a commemorative post on Vinet. It's quite nice, with lots of pictures.
julchen11 at 2010-03-05 21:26 (UTC) (Link)
His works are remarkable and so gorgeous. I'm more than glad I call one of these calendars my own.
Aren't the portraits breathtaking and so intense?
He was a true artist...
mechtild at 2010-03-06 00:14 (UTC) (Link)
His colour portraits of Frodo are my favourite Frodo images associated with the films. The one I used for the art manip "The Hayfield" is, to me, the quintessential Frodo Baggins. His portraits of the other characters were fabulous, too. "Breathtaking and intense", as you say.

Julchen, I added a link above. Quint of "Ain't It Cool News" has done a commemorative post on Vinet. It's quite nice, with lots of pictures.
just_ann_now at 2010-03-05 23:16 (UTC) (Link)
And I was about to make the same comment I made in 2007 about Swoonworthy Boromir *swoon swoon swoon*
mechtild at 2010-03-06 00:15 (UTC) (Link)
He photographed *every* character to perfection. What a shame he's gone. He can't have been old.

Ann, I added a link to the post above. Quint of "Ain't It Cool News" has done a commemorative post on Vinet. It's quite nice, with lots of pictures.
verangel at 2010-03-06 00:58 (UTC) (Link)
Its been a long hard week for me but I saw this and, am sad. I am also thankful for the incredible gift this man gave of a people, actors, characters and the inner actor in the character. I ADORE Elijah in this black and white picture. I have it still so I can see it.
We have Viggo's pictures that are incredible and Pierre Vinet who captured every nuance of the movie character and actor...behind the character with an eye that saw both morphed together. It is the magic that was captured on film. He did it for years to come, in his pictures and the mix he gave.
hugs you so close. I will go see these pictures this weekend. I can't right now, it moves me too much and Family stuff...
love you and Jan. xooxoxox v
mechtild at 2010-03-06 01:18 (UTC) (Link)
((((((Verangel)))))) It's been a long, hard week? Oh, dear, and now this. You sound deeply affected by the loss of this person who contributed so much to the pleasure and LotR-appreciation of us fans. I have yet to go to his Facebook page, mentioned in TORN's article. I'll do that tonight. I really feel sad such a talented, lovely man is gone.
frodosweetstuff at 2010-03-08 11:21 (UTC) (Link)
Those portraits of his are so amazing - as are the pics that were posted at AICN which I never realized were his. Thank you for the link to the calendar pics, too!!

What a loss. :(
mechtild at 2010-03-08 14:48 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome, Frodosweetstuff. And I'm glad you found the calendar pics. That was a good post. It was linked on my "Behind the Scenes" page of links, but it isn't really behind the scenes, is it? I guess I need a "LotR Miscellaneous Images" page. :)
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