"Jean-Marie Périer. From the Sixties to nowadays."
from Wednesday, May 31, 2017 to Saturday, September 2, 2017
Bibliothèque départementales des Bouches-du-Rhône
The Archives and Library of the Bibliothèque Départementale, Bouches-du-Rhône in Marseille, France exhibits a retrospective of Jean-Marie Périer’s work . The collection features over 200 photographs taken by the celebrated music photographer, whose work graced the pages of the infamous magazine and bible of Yé-yé style Salut les copains throughout the sixties and seventies and defined the style of the era in France and abroad.
Over the course of a long career in photography and filmmaking, Jean-Marie Périer has worked for Paris’s top magazines, the world’s biggest commercial brands, and with many iconic musicians of the 20th century. At the age of 16, he started working as a photographer’s assistant at Marie Claire magazine. Soon, he was employed by publications including Jazz, Paris Match, and Télé 7 Jours. Working at Salut Les Copains from 1962 to 1974, Périer created countless iconic images of the likes of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Francoise Hardy, Sylvie Vartan, Johnny Hallyday, and the Rolling Stones, among other stars. With unprecedented access to the lives and both on and off stage moments of his peers, Périer shot in color at a time when most photographers were using black and white film and was able to stage images to create a collection that stands in stark contrast to the photography of the day.