The 12-year relationship between Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg is one of the most well-documented in modern history, both through their musical collaborations, film projects and constant presence in the public eye. Though plenty of images of the couple have been published there’s a vast archive that have never been seen before. Taken by Jane’s brother Andrew, Jane and Serge. A Family Album brings together over 1,000 of his personal photographs of the couple and their young family spending time in cafés drawing pictures of each other, or at home playing with their rabbits. It’s a pretty grounding portrait of a couple who so often courted controversy and aroused public attention.
The whole book is brought together beautifully by M/M Paris, whose nuanced typographic details add character and chronology to an otherwise simple layout and, as is customary with all TASCHEN releases, they’ve had a hand in producing some lovely additional extras to the book including a fold-out poster, an embroidered badge and an additional booklet that included memoirs by Jane and Andrew Birkin.
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