DISAPPEARANCE – Accused of rape by four of his former models, including the presenter Flavie Flament, the artist has been discovered lifeless Friday evening in Paris. The track suicide is preferred.
The british photographer David Hamilton, was found dead Friday night at his paris home, according to police. Firefighters were called shortly after 20: 30 for an intervention at his home located in the south of Paris and have found “a person in cardio-respiratory arrest”. His death was recorded at 21: 30 and of the drugs would have been found near the body.
the Age of 83 years, the photographer known for his photos of young girls in flower, had recently been accused of rape and sexual assault by several women, including the presenter Flavie Flament, which had confirmed the name of her attacker on November 18. In his book entitled The Consolation, published by éditions J. C. Lattès, Flavie Flament, 42 years old, had complained of the rape suffered by a photographer of “world famous” when she was 13 years old, in the summer of 1987, while she was posing for him in his residence in the Cap d’agde. If the facilitator has not immediately revealed the name of her alleged abuser, David Hamilton, is, nevertheless, very quickly started to circulate. A few days later, the former presenter of flagship TF1 accused him publicly. “The man who raped me when I was 13 years old is David Hamilton.” Three of the former models the photographer had been accused since of similar facts, which may have occurred during the sam e period. “I’m not doing the subject any further. We are beyond my presumption of innocence. I am innocent and should be treated as such”, said the photographer, on Tuesday, in a press release.
David Hamilton had begun his photographic career in 1966, after having been artistic director for the Printemps department store in Paris. At the beginning of the 1970s, when the hippie culture was at its peak, the cozy atmosphere and bucolic in which it permeates its first shots is wonderful. Of all the young girls live from their nonchalant decorations, flowers and nicely blurred. The airy dresses that the photographer is married body barely trained. The silhouettes of a virginal slender evoke for some the naiads of a Boticcelli. For others, more circumspect, the nymphets of Vladimir Nabokov.
The photographer recognizes find inspiration in the author of Lolita, which he said to share “the obsession with purity”. It will track it for two decades, repeating invariably the same designs in its dedication to the pursuit of an “age of innocence” fantasized.
The universe’s erotic-romantic
The reputation comes from the mid-1970s. Shunned by museums and public collections, the artist, by contrast, is praised by galleries trendy around the world. His books are best-sellers. His film, Bilitis (1977), inspired by the poem, sapphic Pierre Louÿs, has the value of aesthetic manifesto for a whole generation of artists.
Very quickly, the universe erotic-romantic created by the british photographer invaded the pop culture. The world of fashion draws extensively in his images to the fuzzy and artistic in his silhouettes youthful and outdated.
At the beginning of the years 2000, David Hamilton, however, less unanimity. The same ones who praised the charming candor of his shots there show now signs of lewdness, even of the perversion.
Him, who had fled from England very young to “escape the puritans” waives the right to nymphets and places the emphasis on flowers and still lifes. The photographer settled down expressed regret that”they would not be able to take a photo of a young girl, (…) that it became a taboo in France.” Or again: “there is a desire in my photos, of course. Art without sex does not exist. (…) But this is all in the head, these are fantasies.” Words that now take on a special resonance. Friday night, Flavie Flament is said to be “devastated” by the news of the death of David Hamilton. “We were told that it was a suicide. Of course, we are divided between the horror of the situation as a human and, at the same time, there is a feeling of immense revolt because it has not left the time to the justice do his work,” added Karina Hocine, editor with Lattes.