February is usually such a monochrome and monotonous month in England that we were determined to inject a vibrant burst of colour into the gallery. There was really only one candidate for this difficult task: Jean-Marie Perier, a truly gifted French photographer who was operating at the peak of his powers in the mid sixties.
Jean-Marie was responsible for the photographs that appeared in the pages of France’s pre-eminent sixties teen magazine, ‘Salut Les Copains’. Not only did he photograph the ‘Big 3’ international stars of the period – The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan – and actually, very few photographers can lay claim to those three major scalps – but if that wasn’t enough, he created some of the most enduring and iconic photographs of all the major French stars of the period, providing a visual document of the so called “ Ye -Ye “ sound. His archives include Francoise Hardy, Jacques Dutronc, Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Vartan, Michel Polnareff, Antoine, France Gall, Ronnie Bird and many others.