Striking Celebrity Photos Capture Elegance and Excitement at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival

Every year, the Cannes Film Festival brings together some of year’s most compelling motion pictures and their biggest stars. During the much-anticipated event, stylishly-dressed actors, actresses, and directors parade along the red carpet in front of a crowd of eager photographers. Standing among them is Vincent Desailly, who, like last year, has captured stunning black and white portraits of the attendees.

Desailly shoots the striking images from many angles, but he always finds himself a few rows back from the action. This doesn’t hamper his compositions, however, and he uses the silhouettes of those standing in front of him to frame the movie stars. It offers a candid, behind-the-scenes look at the festival, balancing the glamour and perfect poses with the noise, crowd, and excitement that comes with these events. We’re able to experience the rush through Desailly’s eyes. Even though most of us didn't attend the star-studded event, it sure feels like we did.

Above: Amal and George Clooney

Ryan Gosling

Blake Lively

Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon

Matthew Bomer and Ryan Gosling

Dominic West

Justin Timberlake

Julianne Moore

Jodie Foster

Julia Roberts and George Clooney

Jessica Chastain

Eva Longoria

Marion Cotillard

Woody Allen and Kristen Stewart

Woody Allen, Kristen Stewart, and Jesse Eisenberg

Steven Spielberg

Vincent Desailly: Website | Tumblr | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Vincent Desailly.

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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