01/28/2013 07:48 am ET Updated Jan 28, 2013

Catherine Deneuve Interview: Man Ray And Me

Since she first lit up screens in Jacques Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg in 1964, Catherine Deneuve has been no stranger to the photographer's lens. The roll-call of those who fixed her pristine Gallic features to silver halide -- Helmut Newton, Jeanloup Sieff, Richard Avedon, to name but a few -- is as long as it is illustrious.

But on the walls of the St Germain-des-Prés apartment that has been her Paris home for many years, she prefers not to display their efforts. Only "one or two" she says, have had the honour of being hung, half-hidden in nooks among her Art Deco, Chinoise and antique French furniture. One of these is a photograph taken in 1968, by a French artist called Man Ray. She likes it "because there is something very ironic and artistic about it". The image was Man Ray's last photographic assignment for a magazine, and also one of the last portraits he took, although he continued with other photography until his death in 1976. It was taken in his tiny studio on the rue Ferou, where he and his wife settled when they returned to Paris from Hollywood in 1951. Man Ray was of Jewish descent, and left France moments before the Germans invaded in 1940.

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