Friday, August 15, 2014

Photo book spans Mick Jagger's career; Grace Kelly, Cary Grant et al. cavort on the Riviera

The 71 illustrations, in color and duotone, in Mick Jagger The Photobook span the rock icon's career. (Did you see the recent PBS special of him performing with Muddy Waters in Chicago in the '60s?) The book includes photographs taken by Andy Warhol, Anton Corbijn, Karl Lagerfeld, Bryan Adams, and many others. (Photos above by Ceccetti and .Jean-Marie Perier, respectively. Below, a haunting image by Cecil Beaton from 1967.)
"While we certainly hope that this collection will thrill Mick’s fans, this is primarily intended as a photography book" writes François Hébel in the introduction. "His face tells the story of fifty years of portrait practice, speaking of our relationship with celebrities, of evolving fashions, and of the creation of a rock aesthetic. As we journey through the years, we can almost hear the music."
Also in the celebrity vein is Riviera Cocktail, a celebration of la dolce vita if there ever was one. Splashed across its pages are informal snapshots by Edward Quinn of the rich, famous, and talented disporting themselves in this vacation paradise in the 1950s.
David Niven & Grace Kelly, Gala Evening Bal à l'Opéra, Monte Carlo 1959.
Alfred Hitchcock presents Grace Kelly and Cary Grant, the two stars of his film To Catch A Thief, Cannes 1954.
 Above, Pablo Picasso and Brigitte Bardot.


  1. I have to say, I'm much more drawn to the photos from the Riviera, as the dresses are much more interesting. As a fan of similarities, I will say that the Picasso portrait and the Mick Jagger on the couch both have double faces appearing in the photo. In the Picasso, it looks as though his face continues again on the left. In the Mick Jagger, there's a picture of someone who looks eerily similar to him on his left.

  2. Speaking of To Catch A Thief, have you seen the gowns? Could you miss them? After the ball, Kelly seems to glide on air, barely getting through the doors. Ah, but she was always nicely dressed, whether in casual pants or evening gowns.
    I tend to agree with Ed Asner's character re "nostalgia"--(didn't like it then, don't like it now), but they sure don't dress like they used to!
    (There oughta be a ban on T-shirts with ads on them!)