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Nigel Parry: Unpublished portraits of Gainsbourg


One day back in 1989, I received my first feature commission abroad to photograph Gainsbourg in Paris, at his house, on rue de Verneuil in the 7th district. I was a freelance photographer in Great Britain.

That is how Nigel Parry presents his never before seen pictures of Serge Gainsbourg. He continues: “I spent a few hours with him and twice during the shoot the doorbell rang. His fans would leave presents at his doorstep. He wouldn’t open them, he just left them on a table. He had already hundreds of them”.

Nigel Parry began his photographic career in London in 1988 and moved to New York City in 1994. Since then, he has been commissioned by the most distinguished publications, advertising agencies, entertainment, corporate and music companies worldwide. He has been privileged to photograph not only celebrities but also the most important and influential figures of our time.

Nigel is involved in several global children’s charities including the Starlight Foundation and Operation Smile. He has donated his time attending several missions on behalf of Operation Smile photographing children in the far remotes of China, Brazil, and India. His powerful photographs help to create a further awareness of the charity. In 2010, Operation Smile honored him with the Universal Smile Award for his photographic and charitable contributions.

His first book Sharp was published in December 2000 and is considered to be one of the most exceptional celebrity portrait books. His second book Precious was published in the fall of 2004. His third book BLUNT was published in the fall of 2006 with multiple exhibitions following the release in New York City. BLUNT is still today one of his most successful exhibitions. In 2007 his fourth book A Journey of Smiles was published on behalf of Operation Smile to benefit the charity with an exhibition following its release in New York. All books have received worldwide critical acclaim.

Until March 20
A. galerie
Rue Léonce Reynaud, 12
75116 Paris

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