A really interesting TV program with David Suchet speaking about his Grandfather, James Jarche, recreating some of his shots with his Grandfathers Leica M3.

The programme is still available on ITV Player: http://www.itv.com/itvplayer/video/?Filter=313547

Suchet had talked about his grandfather when he was on ‘Who do you think you are?’ the BBC genealogy program, but I’d never really heard about him or seen his work.  It’s strange to think that such a talented photographer is generally unknown.

A little digging around and I discovered a very good piece on him written by the Independent newspaper in 1999.

Colin Jacobson. (1999). THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING THERE . Available: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/the-importance-of-being-there-1126118.html. Last accessed 28th March 2012.

Whilst Suchet tried his hand at covering similar press engagements as his grandfather, the use of the Leica camera he used added a very personal touch.  There were some excellent moments as he travelled to the welsh mining village to trace/copy his grandfathers shots and as he discovered a row of cottages, discovered an original house owner still living there and able to identify everyone in the old photographs.  Suchet then proved his skills with a camera as he recreated some of the images his Grandfather took at the mine.

The shooting of David Cameron smacked a little of a PR exercise but didn’t detract from Suchets great image of Cameorn at the top of the stairs, flanked by the images of previous PM’s.

In the final part of the show, Suchet asks experts their thoughts on re-examination of Jimmy’s work, and is pleased to find his work stands up to the most acclaimed photographers of the last century. Colin Ford, curator at the Michael Hoppen gallery in Chelsea, casts his eye over a folio of Jimmy’s shots with other important figures in the world of photography.

“Well, I’m both terrified and excited by what I’ve seen here. Because the fact is of course we have a pantheon of the great 20th century photographers, the Cartier Bressons, the Curtises, the Kappas, the people like that and whereas I’m not sure that I’m ready to put Jarche in that pantheon yet, I’m suddenly looking at these and thinking wow, I’ve sent most of my career curating shows of great photographic artists, why haven’t I looked at this man before?”

 

 

Bibliography

Colin Jacobson. (1999). THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING THERE . Available: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/the-importance-of-being-there-1126118.html. Last accessed 28th March 2012.

Harry Hook. (2012). Behind the scenes: David Suchet: People I Have Shot, ITV1. Available: http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/techfacils/behind-the-scenes/david-suchet-people-i-have-shot-itv1/5039624.article. Last accessed 28th March 2012.