Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg, ‘Jane & Serge, Oxford’

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© Andrew Birkin
Oxford, U.K. 8 August 1968
Digital archival C-type print hand signed by the photographer
Edition of 20

Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

‘I was making a film called May Morning in Oxford, United Kingdom. I was staying in the Bear Hotel with Serge Gainsbourg, my daughter Kate, who must have been about two years old, and my brother Andrew, who was always with us with a camera round his neck recording everything.’ Jane Birkin

The photographs were taken by Jane Birkin’s brother, Andrew, a film scriptwriter and director, who had been photographing his sister since he first bought a cheap camera in his teens. All shots had been carefully filed away for half a century, and some he had never seen printed before. He met Gainsbourg almost as soon as his sister did, when he was working with Stanley Kubrick on the eventually aborted project for An Epic Film of Napoleon, and she wrote from the set of the film Slogan, begging him to come and keep her company and cheer her up from her daily encounters with ‘a horrible man’, who was mocking and teasing her. Gainsbourg was, and remains a giant in French cultural circles, but Birkin was already well known from film roles including a famous nude scene in Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 film Blow Up. Maev Kennedy for the Guardian

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