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Brigitte Bardot and the Original Paparazzi

Exhibition preview

AN EXHIBITION featuring rarely seen vintage prints of Brigitte Bardot, Brigitte Bardot and the Original Paparazzi, will be on display at James Hyman Gallery from September 3 to October 3, 2009.

Focusing on one of the great fashion icons of the twentieth century, the exhibition is being presented at the same time as London Fashion Week (September 18 to September 22) and coincides with Bardot’s 75th birthday on September 28.

The exhibition traces the development of a new genre of photography, showing how Bardot and the paparazzi created a whole new image of womanhood, female sexuality and youth fashion via a candid a photographic style that swiftly replaced the more controlled imagery produced by film studio publicity units.

The exhibition also times with the 50th anniversary of the birth of paparazzi, and includes vintage prints by the most famous of all the paparazzi: Tazio Secchiaroli (1925 – 1998), the basis for Fellini’s character in his seminal film La Dolce Vita (1959).

The show also includes many beautiful and rarely seen prints, including Bardot on the set of Godard’s seminal film Le Mepris; chiming perfectly with Jean Paul Gaultier’s current interest in the film and the inspiration for his 2010 collection, to be modeled by Bardot lookalike Lara Stone at London Fashion Week.

James Hyman Gallery, London, W1