You might not have heard of Jean-Marie Périer but you will unquestionably recognise his subjects. Over the last 50 years, the biggest stars of music and fashion have enjoyed the attention of the Frenchman’s camera – and his unique perspective.
Born in 1940, Périer became the official photographer of Salut Les Copains, the world’s leading music magazine, aged just 22. His shots of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and James Brown remain iconic cultural images of the 1960s.
Périer left Salut Les Copains in 1972, and spent most of the 1980s in America directing commercials for the likes of Coca-Cola and Ford. In 1990, he returned to Paris and photography. Elle magazine commissioned Périer to produce The World of Fashion Designers, a series of portraits over which Périer enjoyed complete creative control.
Saint-Laurent, Gaultier, Lagerfeld, Westwood – the names need no introduction. Yet through the eyes of Périer, these most celebrated of subjects are seen afresh. With a new retrospective – Designers – coming to Chelsea, take this opportunity to discover some of his work.
Designers by Jean- Marie Perier is on at The Little Black Gallery from 14 September - 17 October. thelittleblackgallery.com