At age 78, the photographer Jean-Marie Périer, going to be the beginning of the year 2019 in charge. From 15 January to 3 march, a big exhibition, “Memories of the future”, organized on the Roof of the Grande Arche de la Défense traces your career through 300 photographs, of which a hundred shots unpublished.
And he resumed his show Flash-Back , for one night only, on 28 January at the Théâtre du Rond-Point. Performance created in the Michodière three years ago, which is precisely based on his photos. Images that make it back into his memories, in search of lost time. The reinvention also of the icons of rock or film that he has long been around.
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Attention not to talk with him about his “work”. He has never cultivated the ambition to build one. On the contrary. He prefers to claim his dilettantism which led him, every ten years, to change life, business and woman.
In 2002, when his first large retrospective exhibition at the Hotel de ville in Paris, Johnny was there. There was also France Gall. And a lot of other artists, after a generation of exceptional, as the photographer, since it is necessary to refer, as well, was immortalized in the famous group photo from Hi guys . It was in 1966, the year that he considers as the invention of adolescence. If it is not nostalgic, he remembers the good luck and happiness to have crossed the path of those who would become idols, and from a time when everything was easier.
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At the microphone of François Aubel, Jean-Marie Périer evokes his memories, Francoise Hardy, Mike Jagger, passing by the Beatles or the designers he had photographed like rock stars. It is also on its way under the lights of the stage, to him, the man of the shadow. Speaking of cinema, its relation to theatre, which goes exclusively by his father, the actor François Périer. And tells of its existence, carefully avoiding falling into the cliché.