Pierre Commoy and Gilles Blanchard met in their twenties at the inauguration of the Kenzo Takada store, Place des Victoires in Paris. One studied photography in Geneva, the other painting at the School of Fine Arts of Le Havre. The rest is history.
Flammarion publishes a monography, tracing their 40-year union as artists and couple. Often controversial and explicitly sexy, their oeuvre explores themes of religion, mythology, and beauty and takes inspiration from gay imagery, kitsch and star-system. Nina Hagen, Kylie Minogue, Iggy Pop, Catherine Deneuve, Etienne Daho, Boy George, Marilyn Manson and Rick Owens have all been staged, stylised and painted by the artists in sometimes grotesque, colourful and over-the-top sets. Pierre et Gilles received France’s Grand Prix de la Photographie in 1993 and the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres medal in 2012.
The beautiful volume is also available in a limited art edition of 200 copies presented in a luxury clam-shell with a signed, numbered original work of art created by the artists specifically for the limited edition.