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August 2021

Belmondo and Bébert:

a whole era summed up

Press photographer Charles Bébert immortalised celebrities on the French Riviera. You can enjoy 130 of his photos at this exhibition in Nice.

By Tanja Stojanov
Johnny Hallyday et son public.
Mick Jagger et sa casquette gavroche.
Le sex-appeal d’Alain Delon.
Jean-Paul Belmondo sur le tournage de Tendre Voyou, Nice 1966.
L’élégance de Françoise Hardy.

Charles Bébert was a great soccer fan. He photographed sportspeople as enthusiastically as he did film actors, musicians, stars arriving at Nice airport and the Monaco royal family. His work is a reminder of how important photography was in spreading the day's news before television took over. Among other celebrities who befriended him were Claude François, Johnny Hallyday and Charles Aznavour. The photos are on show at the Musée de la Photographie. Just outside, on Place Pierre Gautier, the palm trees are hung with giant photos of Jean-Paul Belmondo, taken on film shoots on the Riviera between 1965 and 1984.

Jusqu’au 12 septembre
« Charles Bébert : Chasseur d’images », rétrospective à la galerie du Musée de la Photographie Charles Nègre.
« De Bébel à Bébert », exposition hors les murs
sur la place Pierre Gautier.