|French yé-yé singer France Gall, ca. 1960|
Périer's icons still sparkling
Jean-Marie Périer is France's answer to David Bailey - a world-famous photographer who made his name documenting the fashion and celebrity culture of the 1960s. A generation of rock stars, models, actors and groupies populate his pictures - all looking relaxed, playful and very, very cool - from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to Gallic beauties Francoise Hardy and Brigitte Bardot. Yes, we've seen these faces a million times before, but somehow Sixties-fatigue does not set in here. Rather than kowtowing to his celebrity subjects, Périer has a blithe attitude to his work that gives it a certain freshness. To those who try to aggrandise what he does, he says simply, "it's not art, it's entertainment".
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