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French film director Agnes Varda: late artist’s work was fuelled by empathy. Photograph: Getty/AFP
Agnes Varda died last week, aged 90. Last Monday, I happened to watch her most recent documentary, Faces Places, made with the artist JR who specialises in large format black-and-white portrait photography.
The film is about both artists constructing a documentary as they go, travelling around France, meeting people, learning about their memories, making portraits and displaying them in meaningful places; women married to dockers have their portraits pasted on shipping containers, old photographs of miners are pasted on a row of terraced houses earmarked for demolition.