by SHOWstudio .

Mike Figgis

Viewing film festivals as 'highly suspect at the best of times' Mike Figgis constructed an elaborate rouse to survive Cannes 2006. Acting as a (rather famous) 'beach portraitist', he set up a make-shift studio in his hotel bedroom and a gallery at the back of his host nightclub and spent the week photographing and exhibiting prints of the various directors, actresses, producers and writers attending the festival. In a gallery, filmed interview and essay, Figgis shares with SHOWstudio his resultant images, his thoughts on the festival and the history of how photography has influenced his image career.