Jean Pigozzi. Catalogue Deraisonne
Photographer, collector, philanthropist and businessman Jean Pigozzi (born 1952) has spent much of the past four decades compiling a frank and humorous taxonomy of the international glitterati with which he surrounds himself. Instead of keeping a written diary, Pigozzi elected to keep a visual journal of his friends, family and social antics, producing a brand of high-society portraiture that conveys his preference for celebrating life in-or next to-the limelight, seeking and embracing the company of the rich and famous rather than revealing celebrity secrets. The famous Pigozzi & Co. series that began in the 1970s-a body of work that turned the typical conception of the paparazzo on its head by inserting the photographer among his subjects (as in the now-classic snap of Pigozzi with Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall) has now given way to candid portraiture and the recording of low-key moments. The fourth monograph of his work, Catalogue Deraisonne is part diary, part cultural archive, with a cast of eccentric characters caught off the cuff.