Roger Kasparian: The Sixties
9th May to 22nd June 2013
The first ever gallery exhibition for French photographer Roger Kasparian. A fabulous show featuring previously unseen images from the mid sixties including The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Who, Marianne Faithfull, Beach Boys, Kinks, Serge Gainsbourg, Francoise Hardy and more.
It is a complete treat to be able to introduce you to the work of mid-sixties French photographer Roger Kasparian. Roger’s story is the one you always hope for as a gallery owner: a previously undiscovered archive full of gems from arguably the most important decade in the history of contemporary pop culture.
Who is Roger Kasparian?
Roger was working in Paris at the height of the sixties beat boom, and his subjects included the A-List of sixties pop culture: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Marianne Faithfull, The Beach Boys, Serge Gainsbourg, Francoise Hardy and many more. Then, in 1970, Roger took over his father’s photographic studio, put the showbiz world behind him, and became a typical local photographer. He took pictures of marriages, birthdays and municipal councils while his classic 1960s music archive lay undisturbed - until now, when it is finally put under the spotlight it deserves. This is the first time that Roger Kasparian’s photographs have ever been the subject of a gallery exhibition, and many have never been seen before.
Roger’s photographs are handcrafted in the darkroom from the original 1960s negatives by one of Paris’s leading specialist darkroom printers, Edouard Paillet. Each photograph is made on double weight fibre-based (baryta) paper, and the resulting silver gelatin prints are then individually signed and numbered by Roger Kasparian as his mark of authenticity. Each image is presented full frame, without cropping, and there is no digital input into the process whatsoever. Everything is analogue, in its purest form. The quality of the printing is exquisite, characterised by deep inky blacks, pure whites and a range of beautiful mid tones. The quality of the reproduction we can achieve in this catalogue can never do justice to the quality of the actual handmade photographs, but at least it will give you a good idea of the content and composition.
Edition sizes are reassuringly low. For each image, Roger is committing to offer a maximum of 30 prints, typically split into 15 small, 10 medium and 5 large versions of each image. The entry level size in made on paper measuring 12x16 inches (30x40 cm) with an image size measuring 9.5x14.5 inches (24x36 cm). This is a beautiful small size, and enables collectors to choose a single piece for a small space, or arrange a cluster of three or four similar sized pieces together in a group. As well as an intermediate 20x24 inch (50x60 cm) paper size in an edition of 10, Roger also offers a very large format version of each image on 30x40 inch (75 x100 cm) paper, usually in an edition of 5. Full details of image sizes and paper sizes (which vary depending on the shape of the image) are set out when you click next to each image in the box to the right headed ‘ The collection’.
I hope you enjoy this beautiful exhibition, and that we can tempt you with something special for your home or office. If you have any questions, please just ask. We are here to help.