The Galerie de l’Instant presents at AIPAD New York Photography Show (booth 707) the photographs of Dominique Tarlé.
For any Rolling Stones fan, the name of Dominique Tarlé is associated with the idea of Paradise!
After meeting the band in London at the end of the 60s, and getting closer to the musicians during multiple recordings and concerts, the photographer, 22 years old, and freshly returned to his country, decides to greet Keith Richards, in the South of France, in Villefranche Sur Mer.
In this year of 1971, the Rolling Stones had just exiled from Great Britain, after heavy problems with the tax authorities and their former manager, and did not know many people …
When Dominique Tarlé arrives at the Villa Nellcôte, he plans to spend the day there making some portraits of the Richards family, Keith, his wife Anita Pallenberg and their son Marlon …
In the evening, he puts his cameras away, thanks his guests for this wonderful day at their side, and plans to return to Paris as soon as possible, not having the means to enjoy the Côte d’Azur any longer … It’s then that Keith has this magical and decisive phrase: “But, your room is ready”, thus opening the doors of his house and his intimacy, to a young man for whom “paradise had just fallen on Earth”!
Dominique Tarlé stayed for nearly 6 months with the band, companion of Keith and Marlon at the Guignol Theater, a guest at the wedding of Mick and Bianca in St Tropez (a celebration that lasted nearly 3 weeks), then witness to the prolific friendship between Keith and guitarist Gram Parsons and finally, privileged spectator of the recording of the mythical “Exile on MainStreet”
He was the only photographer of the whole long career of the band, to share this daily life, invisible, like a “curtain” as Keith nicknamed him friendly; thus allowing us to touch with our eyes, this paradise, this ideal of life which always fascinates the public of the Rolling Stones!
The photographs of Dominique Tarlé are the opposite of the sulphurous legend of the band. Far from a life of debauchery, they present the musicians as a family almost like the others, in a beautiful Villa, of course, and with some creative substances, too, but ultimately closer to us than we could imagine , surrounded by children, wives, friends, and especially living in music permanently!
Of all the band’s career, that is to say in more than 50 years, no other photographer has testified to such intimacy with such discretion.
For Dominique Tarlé this experience was unique, as much by the friendship of the artists, their confidence, as by the quality of the music present all day long. For him who only thought to stay one afternoon and finally spent more than six months at their side, this stay was close to ecstasy, or in his words, “a slice of Paradise really rock n’roll”!
The English edition of Dominique Tarlé’s book – The Box was recently published by the Galerie de l’Instant.
Dominique Tarlé – The Box
Published by the Galerie de l’Instant
100 €, signed by Tarlé, edition of 1000ex
La Galerie de l’Instant
46 Rue de Poitou
75003 Paris, France
At AIPAD – Booth 707
Pier 94 | New York City