Cannes 2019 According to Photographer Joe Alvarez

Joe Alvarez — Publicity — P 2019

The London-based photographer, who is heading to the festival for his 20th year of capturing stars on the red carpet and the Croisette, shares his take on the fest.

Best bargain in Cannes?

The Monoprix. It can get you out of a pickle.

Biggest faux pas?

At my first ever Cannes many years ago, I had the wrong "black tie." I needed a bow tie. I had to run off to buy a bow tie at the nearest store. It was silk and cost 80 euros! I made it back just in time.

Strangest request you’ve ever received in Cannes?

To come and shoot a "celebrity" in a very well known hotel "doing coke." Not the kind of work I do.

Your "only in Cannes" moment?

Sex proposal in the lift at the Carlton Hotel.

Biggest pet peeve

Finding a table for dinner! So busy.

Cannes guilty pleasure?

Champagne and oysters. Each year I make time for it and indulge as often as possible. There’s even an oyster bar on the pavement side of the great Astoux et Brun in case.

One thing you won’t travel without, besides your phone?

My camera!

Favorite meal in Cannes?

Anything seafood! Gaston & Gastounette and Astoux et Brun are normally very good.

Most interesting celebrity encounter?

Michelle Rodriguez and I having champagne from a gold-plated bottle that a fan had just bought her. She was so friendly.

This story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter's May 14 daily issue from the Cannes Film Festival.