Françoise par Jean-Marie Périer
Book, Editions du Chêne. Published on 5th October, 2011
Exhibition, Galerie Photo 12, Paris, France. October 26th – December 3rd, 2011
1960s Parisian style icon – she dressed in Yves Saint- Laurent and Paco Rabanne, musician – she represented Monaco in the 1963 Eurovision song contest and is still recording, actress – she starred in Jean-Luc Godard’s new wave classic Masculin féminin, Françoise Hardie was loved for her self-deprecation and gentle personally. None more so than by the photographer, Jean-Marie Périer, who started taking pictures of her for among others, the newspaper Salut les Copains (Hello Buddies), where he met and introduced her to all the main musicians and artists of the time. Périer’s book and the exhibition are unapologetic homages to the woman who remains his muse. Although there are images of Françoise posing with Mick Jagger, clowning around with Salvador Dali and with glamorous friends like Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Vartin and Jean-Paul Goude, the best show only her, now laughing in Venice, now playing her guitar, now looking wistful and perhaps a little sad but always herself as seen through Périer’s indefatigable lens.
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