Molitor 6, MAILLOT HRIZONTAL - Gil Rigoulet

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Exceptional! Print signed by Gil Rigoulet (limited quantity)

Signed print made on Fujifilm Crystal DP II paper. Print 13 x 18 cm under A4 mat.


France, Paris, Piscine Molitor, summer 1985
"The boys were asked to smear amber on the backs of the ladies. We complied obediently, captivated by the scent of vanilla monoi "pure Tahiti". It was the time of the pleasure pools. We flirted, chirped and daydreamed. Time was stretched out."

"In 1985, I did two series of black and white photos of the Molitor swimming pool, located at the end of the 16th arrondissement of Paris, a mythical Art Deco pool with the look of an ocean liner, where the first Bikini appeared in 1945 and was the kingdom of toplessness in the 1980s.

The Molitor swimming pool closed in 1989, there is no equivalent photographic evidence. My images speak of a quasi-mythical place where the joyful and unruly youth of Paris used to meet. I walked my camera along the water's edge, in total freedom, without any embarrassment or permission. No one cared. The young women rolled their one-piece swimming costumes over their hips with a detached air, or took off their bikini tops, attentive to the marks of their tans. They swam topless, shameless naiads. Their skin was beaded with drops, and they "grilled themselves" after the bath. The boys were asked to smear the amber on the backs of these ladies. We complied obediently, captivated by the scent of vanilla monoi "pure Tahiti". It was the time of the pleasure pools. We flirted, we chirped, we daydreamed."

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Gil Rigoulet

In 1984, Gil Rigoulet became the first regular photographer for the newspaper Le Monde, with which he collaborated for over 20 years. In 1986, Robert Doisneau presented his images in Photo Magazine and Christian Caujolle exhibited him at the Deligny swimming pool for "Vivre en maillot de bain", alongside Joseph Koudelka, Marc Riboud, William Klein, Helmut Newton and Jacques-Henri Lartigue.

He regularly collaborates with many national and international magazines and his work has been exhibited, among others, at the Rencontres d'Arles, the Musée du Montparnasse, Paris Photo by Agnès b...

Gil is known for his street photography of the 70's and 80's, his series "Corps & Eau" - from which "Molitor 85" and "Rockabilly 82" are taken - in b&w film. After an intimate work entitled "Mes jours, mes nuits" and "Paysages sacrés" made with Polaroid 665, he dives back into the world of the 80's with "Pola Pool" and becomes the French ambassador of Polaroid Originals.

He exhibited at Artazart in late 2019.