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?