Behind the Image: Ian Berry’s Intimate Portrait of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin

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The photographer recalls a welcome, relaxed assignment with the pair, following a 47,000 mile drive through Africa and Asia

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In 1970 Ian Berry, freshly returned from a gruelling trip across three continents, found himself in the small Paris flat of French singer and pop-culture icon Serge Gainsbourg, and English singer and actress Jane Birkin.

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The pair — hugely recognizable figures of the 1970s music and youth culture scene – were at the time two years a relationship often played out in the public eye, through photographs, but also through their own music – not least the ranuchy duet ‘J’taime… moi non plus”, which would be banned in several countries because of its lyrical content.

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Here, Berry reflects upon the making of his famous portrait of the pair — itself something of an anomaly in his work — and the strikingly relaxed nature of this assignment.

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source:https://www.magnumphotos.com/theory-and-practice/ian-berry-intimate-portrait-serge-gainsbourg-jane-birkin/

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