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Roger Kasparian2018-09-10T11:11:16+00:00

Project Description

What a pleasure to introduce you to French photographer Roger Kasparian.

This is a fabulous body of work featuring previously unseen images from the mid-sixties including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Marianne Faithfull, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, Serge Gainsbourg, Francoise Hardy and more.

Roger Kasparian on location with Francoise Hardy.

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, on show for the very first time.

I couldn’t put it better than the Financial Times’s esteemed art critic Jackie Wullschlager, who reviewed the work in the FT and called it “an irresistible evocation of time, place and the fleetingness of youth and fame.”

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 – for fifty years.

I am delighted that we are finally able to put Roger’s work under the spotlight it deserves. Unpublished Beatles and Stones pieces are always special, but stand-outs for me are the fabulous shots of The Who, the beautiful Marianne Faithfull close up, and the live portrait of The Beach Boys.

The French press in particular have been going crazy for Roger Kasparian, calling him their Sugarman, in a nod to Rodriguez, and a book and a film are now out about his early work. Crazy stuff.

Now you can own a little piece of the sugar.

Scroll down to view the selection of limited editions.

“An irresistible evocation of time, place and the fleetingness of youth and fame.”

Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times

Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull close up, Avenue Montaigne, Paris 1965
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Marianne Faithfull with Eiffel Tower in background, Place Alma Marceau, Paris 1965
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Marianne Faithfull, Avenue Montaigne, Paris 1965
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Beach Boys

The Beach Boys, The Olympia, Paris, 18 November 1964
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The Beach Boys, Champs Elysées, Paris, 18 November 1964
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Serge Gainsbourg

Serge Gainsbourg plays piano, Paris, winter 1963
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Serge Gainsbourg at a newsstand, Place Victor Hugo, Paris, winter 1963
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Serge Gainsbourg, Place Victor Hugo, Paris, winter 1963
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Serge Gainsbourg with guitar and piano, Paris, winter 1963
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Serge Gainsbourg profile, Place Victor Hugo, Paris, winter 1963

Serge Gainsbourg, photographed by Roger Kasparian in the winter of 1963 on Place Victor Hugo in Paris. You get two classic takes on French architecture in this photograph. To the left of centre, in sharp focus, the  instantly recognisable Gallic profile of Serge Gainsbourg, dressed in black and grasping at the top of his winter coat, and just right of centre, two blocks of grand Parisian buildings and rows of traffic converge into a snowy, soft focus vanishing point. Brilliant.

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The Beatles

The Beatles, in line, Palais Des Sports de Paris, 20 June 1965

This Beatles photograph from their concert on 20 June 1965 is a very rare beast. I didn’t actually realise it was so rare until a Beatles uber-aficionado pointed this out to me – but photographs of George with a twelve string Rickenbacker are impossibly difficult to find. I never knew. Personally, I had been loving this one because of the band’s linear formation, each one doing his individual thing, and John really belting out his vocal.

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The Beatles salute, Le Bourget airport, 16 January 1964
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The Beatles all smiles, Le Bourget airport, 16 January 1964
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The Beatles harmonise, The Olympia, Paris, 16 January 1964
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The Beatles at The Olympia, Paris, 16 January 1964
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The Beatles, George turns to camera, Palais Des Sports de Paris, 20 June 1965
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Francoise Hardy

Francoise Hardy with pigeons, Paris, April/May 1962
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Francoise Hardy with flowers, Paris, April/May 1962
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Francoise Hardy sits in the Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, 1967
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Francoise Hardy with Sylvie Vartan, backstage at The Olympia, Paris, November 1963
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Francoise Hardy with her press, Paris, April/May 1962
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The Who

The Who and fans, live at The Locomotive, 13 November 1965
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Roger Daltrey backstage at La Locomotive, Paris, 13 November 1965
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Roger Daltrey with The Who’s tour bus, 18th Arrondissement, Paris, 13 November 1965
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The Who, 18th Arrondissement, Paris,13 November 1965
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The Who live at La Locomotive, Paris, 13 November 1965
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Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel

Edith Piaf at the Olympia, Paris, 9 October 1962
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Jacques Brel, last concert, October 1966
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The Rolling Stones

Keith Richards signs an autograph at Le Bourget airport, Paris, 18 April 1965
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Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, The Olympia, Paris, 18 April 1965
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Keith Richards, The Olympia, Paris, 18 April 1965
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Mick Jagger sings, The Olympia, Paris, 18 April 1965
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Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, The Olympia, Paris, 18 April 1965
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Mick Keith and Brian, Grand Palais, Paris, 18 April 1965
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Jacques Dutronc, The Kinks, Van Morrison

Van Morrison, stage door, The Olympia, Paris, 19 October 1965
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Jacques Dutronc, “Les Abattoirs de Vaugirard”, Dim Dam Dom TV show, broadcast 10 March 1968
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The Kinks, Le Bourget airport, Paris,7 July 1965
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