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La Galerie de l’Instant : Dominique Tarlé : “La Villa” – The Rolling Stones 1971


50 years ago the biggest rock group in the world landed in the south of France: the Rolling Stones. Following tax woes in England, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor had decided to come and take refuge in France.

The young photographer Dominique Tarlé, who had frequented the group for several years in London and on tour, joined his favorite musicians in order to immortalize them in this new environment …

He began with the now famous Villa Nellcote rented by Keith Richards, on the bay of Villefranche-sur-mer …He came to spend the day with the guitarist and his family, he did not leave until six months later, invited by Keith to enjoy this special moment in their lives.

How can you refuse such an offer when you are passionate about photography and rhythm and blues? Dominique Tarlé thus became the only photographer to have ever lived with this legendary group, at the height of their career, during the production of the no less legendary album “Exile on Main St.” spending time in the same day sharing daily simple activities , to pure moments of music between professionals.

This unforgettable summer forever marked the life of the photographer, and the history of rock’n’roll; the trust placed in Dominique Tarlé by the group still remains today, and testifies of the sincere friendship that unites him with these artists.


Dominique Tarlé : “La Villa” – The Rolling Stones 1971

May 19 – September 30, 2021

La Galerie de l’Instant

58 rue Gioffredo 06000 Nice


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