The Black & White World of David Bailey & Vincent Perez, A Fubiz Recommendation

The Rencontres d’Arles photography festival presents, in the Church of Sainte Anne and the Montmajour Abbey, two artists whose specialty is the black-and-white portrait, David Bailey and Vincent Perez. Two perspectives that look to magnify bodies and faces.Les Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles expose à l’église Sainte-Anne et à l’abbaye de Montmajour, deux artistes dont la spécialité est le portrait en noir et blanc : David Bailey et Vincent Pérez, deux regards qui cherchent à magnifier les corps et les visages.
By Donnia Ghezlane-LALA, Fubiz for L’Occitane

These two artists have two points in common, black and white film, and the portrait. Yet their respective works are unique and can’t be confused. On the one hand is ‘Stardust,’ rock and insolence by David Bailey. For 50 years, the photographer has framed the greatest icons across art, the underground, fashion and music. The list is long: The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Man Ray, Dali, Mandela and Jack Nicholson pose like so many fashion plates. Bailey also strives to make strangers lurking backstage and in behind-the-scene professions iconic.

On the other, there is "Face to Face" and the delicacy of Vincent Perez with pictures of cinema greats and actors that he understands before he even photographs them. Skin is transparent, the poses are no-nonsense and the looks intense! Unlike Bailey, his black and white photographs are actually more white than black. Pérez imposes a cinematographic grace on Milla Jovovich and Marc Lavoine.

Our eyes are filled with stardust after a face to face of such portraits, as moving as they are captivating.

David Bailey
David Bailey
Mick Jagger, 1964.
Courtesy of David Bailey
Vincent Pérez
Vincent Pérez
Untitled, Paris, 2011
Vincent Pérez

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