Jean Pigozzi – Pool Party


Jean Pigozzi (*1952) is a photographer, art collector, and international businessman. In 1989 Pigozzi began collecting contemporary African art and has assembled the world’s largest collection of it, known as the Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC – the Pigozzi Collection), but he’s more likely better known for his photographies.


© Helmut Newton, Villa Dorane, Antibes, France, 1993 © Jean Pigozzi

Pool Party features small-format images taken around Pigozzi’s famous blue swimming pool, which was built for his father Henri in 1953 by Ettore Sottsass at Villa Dorane in Cap d’Antibes, France. On display are spontaneous, surprising, and very private images. Nothing is staged, the pictures are snapshots of Pigozzi’s friends – supermodels, rock stars, artists, movie stars, united around the pool. Featured are  the likes of Mick Jagger and Jack Nicholson, Liz Taylor and Naomi Campbell amongst other members of the rich and famous.

"I invented the selfie. I can prove that. I started doing it in the 1970s. The first celebrity selfie I ever took was with Faye Dunaway when she came over. I think it was in 73 or 74." Jean Pigozzi
© Self-Portrait, Cap d'Antibes 1988 © Jean Pigozzi

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