In today's world of Instagram, Snapchat, and stalker-azzi, you can see way too much of any celebrity, starlet, or socialite at any time you want. But eager voyeurs haven't always been so easily satisfied. In the pre-digital days (also known as the days where privacy was a thing and TMI was not), it took some sort of privilege, status, or at least a bit of work to find out how the A-listers lived.
In a nutshell, this is why we have been so anticipating this week's release of a new book by photographer, philanthropist, businessman and socialite Johnny Pigozzi, who spent much of the last 50 years capturing the goings-on at one of the Cote d' Azur's most exclusive spots: his own pool.
The book, appropriately named Pool Party, is full of previously unpublished images of everyone from Mick Jagger, Naomi Campbell, and Elizabeth Taylor, to Sharon Stone, Penelope Cruz, and Uma Thurman partying at Pigozzi's Cap d' Antibes home, Villa Dorane. Bono, himself a frequenter of Pigozzi's pool, even wrote the book's foreword.
Part of what is so intriguing about these images is that they have a candid feel. They were taken under the guise of privacy, and never meant (or at least not immediately meant) for public consumption. Truly #NoFilter, if you will. Even moreso, though, is the cast of characters the book documents: A-listers who, even if they'd had access to the social media in the decades when many of these photos were taken, would undoubtedly have been too cool to partake. It truly feels like a peek behind the scenes at something exclusive, something that you need more than a cell phone and internet connection to be privy to.
Here's a few great shots:
HELMUT NEWTON AND MICK JAGGER, 1990
DAVID GEFFEN, 1988
ELLE MACPHERSON, 1997
AHMET ERTEGUN AND NAN KEMPER, 1988
MICHAEL DOUGLAS, 1990
All images by Jean "Johnny" Pigozzi, c/o The Wall Street Journal