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Pierre & Gilles

Pierre Commoy (1950)

Gilles Blanchard (1953)

Pierre Commoy and Gilles Blanchard meet, in 1976, for the opening of a Kenzo store in Paris. Both are members of the eccentric nightlife of the period, hanging out at the Palace with a young Christian Louboutin, the model Farida Khelfa and Serge Gainsbourg while they frantically capture themselves and friends in photo booths - a habit that would later inspire their friend Jean-Pierre Jeunet for Amelie. In 1988, the French photographers abandon identity photographies - too heavily associated to their entourage decimated by AIDS - for theatrical and enchanting images that Pierre captures and Gilles highlights with painting. Kitsch, colorful, pop, naive and sometimes chaotic, their work creates a fantasy world featuring naked Adonis and beatific women surrounded by an accumulation of objects gathered during their exotic journeys. Inspired by mythology, history of art, popular customs and religion, the real-life couple has designed a burlesque, gay and often erotic atmosphere that echoes their personal passion for humour and happiness. And if to be punk today was not simply to try a little tenderness?
 

Tags / Pierre & Gilles - French Photographer - Portrait - Kitsch - Pop - 1990s - Erotic
Pierre & Gilles, In the Port of The Havre, 1998
Pierre & Gilles, In the Port of The Havre, 1998
Pierre & Gilles, Saint Sebatsian, 1987
Pierre & Gilles, Saint Sebatsian, 1987
Pierre & Gilles, The Little Communist, 1990
Pierre & Gilles, The Little Communist, 1990
Pierre & Gilles, The Cosmonauts, 1991
Pierre & Gilles, The Cosmonauts, 1991
Pierre & Gilles, The Broken-Hearted Madonna, 1991
Pierre & Gilles, The Broken-Hearted Madonna, 1991
Pierre & Gilles, Nina Hagen, 1993
Pierre & Gilles, Nina Hagen, 1993
Pierre & Gilles, Mercury, 2001
Pierre & Gilles, Mercury, 2001
Pierre & Gilles, Flowers of Shanghai, 2005
Pierre & Gilles, Flowers of Shanghai, 2005
Pierre & Gilles, Prometheus, 2013
Pierre & Gilles, Prometheus, 2013
Pierre & Gilles, Oreste, 2013
Pierre & Gilles, Oreste, 2013
Pierre & Gilles, Lost in Paradise, 2013
Pierre & Gilles, Lost in Paradise, 2013
Pierre & Gilles, Forbidden Fruit, 2011
Pierre & Gilles, Forbidden Fruit, 2011
Pierre & Gilles, Narcissus, 2012
Pierre & Gilles, Narcissus, 2012
Pierre & Gilles, The King Salomon and Sheba, 2014
Pierre & Gilles, The King Salomon and Sheba, 2014
Pierre & Gilles, Leonidas, 2014
Pierre & Gilles, Leonidas, 2014
Pierre & Gilles, The Anger of Achilles, 2011
Pierre & Gilles, The Anger of Achilles, 2011
Pierre & Gilles, The Wonderfull Doll, 2012
Pierre & Gilles, The Wonderfull Doll, 2012
Pierre & Gilles, Ophelia, 2012
Pierre & Gilles, Ophelia, 2012
Pierre & Gilles, Johnny Guitar, 2012
Pierre & Gilles, Johnny Guitar, 2012
Pierre & Gilles, Arab Spring, 2011
Pierre & Gilles, Arab Spring, 2011
Pierre & Gilles, Knight Twilight, 2013
Pierre & Gilles, Knight Twilight, 2013
Pierre & Gilles, Le Mariage pour Tous, 2013
Pierre & Gilles, Le Mariage pour Tous, 2013
Pierre & Gilles, Sainte Véronique, 2010
Pierre & Gilles, Sainte Véronique, 2010
Pierre & Gilles, The Virgin and Child, 2009
Pierre & Gilles, The Virgin and Child, 2009
Pierre & Gilles, The Small Romanian, 1999
Pierre & Gilles, The Small Romanian, 1999
Pierre & Gilles, A Lover Spurned, 1989
Pierre & Gilles, A Lover Spurned, 1989
Pierre & Gilles, The Holly Virgin, 1988
Pierre & Gilles, The Holly Virgin, 1988
Pierre & Gilles, Black Poppies, 2007
Pierre & Gilles, Black Poppies, 2007
Pierre & Gilles, Etienne Daho, 1983
Pierre & Gilles, Etienne Daho, 1983
Pierre & Gilles, To Be a Woman, Tribute to Dalida, 2001
Pierre & Gilles, To Be a Woman, Tribute to Dalida, 2001
Pierre & Gilles, Full Moon, 2007
Pierre & Gilles, Full Moon, 2007
Pierre & Gilles, Ectasy, 2003
Pierre & Gilles, Ectasy, 2003
Pierre & Gilles, The Rose and the Knife, Tony, 1998
Pierre & Gilles, The Rose and the Knife, Tony, 1998
Pierre & Gilles, Jean- Paul Gaultier, 1990
Pierre & Gilles, Jean- Paul Gaultier, 1990
Pierre & Gilles, The White Queen, 1991
Pierre & Gilles, The White Queen, 1991
Pierre & Gilles, The Holy Family II, 1991-2007
Pierre & Gilles, The Holy Family II, 1991-2007
Pierre & Gilles, The Big Love, 2004
Pierre & Gilles, The Big Love, 2004
Pierre & Gilles, The Married Couple, 1992
Pierre & Gilles, The Married Couple, 1992
Pierre & Gilles, Another Morning, 2008
Pierre & Gilles, Another Morning, 2008
Pierre & Gilles, Méduse (Zuleika), 1990
Pierre & Gilles, Méduse (Zuleika), 1990
Pierre & Gilles, Legend (Madonna), 1995
Pierre & Gilles, Legend (Madonna), 1995
Pierre & Gilles, Paloma Picasso, 1990
Pierre & Gilles, Paloma Picasso, 1990
Pierre & Gilles, Saint Gertrude the Great, 1990
Pierre & Gilles, Saint Gertrude the Great, 1990
Pierre & Gilles, Magical Miror, 2015
Pierre & Gilles, Magical Miror, 2015
Pierre & Gilles, Sainte Scholastique , Bettina Graziani, 1990
Pierre & Gilles, Sainte Scholastique , Bettina Graziani, 1990
Pierre & Gilles, For Ever, 2014
Pierre & Gilles, For Ever, 2014
Pierre & Gilles, Fragile, 2008
Pierre & Gilles, Fragile, 2008
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