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Regis Besse: "picture peddler"

The rock-star image is built on behind-the-scenes photos: Mick Jagger in his bath; The Beatles on a ski slope; James Dean with cigarette in mouth... Régis Besse is the founder of Galerie Verdeau in the Saint-Ouen flea market. He also has an uncanny knack for unearthing that one offbeat photo you can't find anywhere else; the one that says far more than the raft of glossy pictures that pepper the pages of conventional publications. Régis has now teamed up with Le Pigalle on a project designed to capture the energy of the neighbourhood in its heyday. "You get that holiday feel and the classic cars in Peltier's old photos of Montmartre. Then there is that underground aspect you find in press archives and the unique snapshots of a backstage journalist catching the likes of Patti Smith, Iggy Pop and Blondie in a hazy, alcohol-fuelled fog," explains Régis, who describes himself—not without a glint in his eye—as a 'picture peddler".
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  • Monsieur Madame - Cha Cha Guitri
  • I'm a Victim of This Song - PIPILOTTI RIST
  • Auditorium - Mos Def
  • Onde Anda meu Amor - Orlandivo
  • Mysterons - Portishead
  • Across Your Life - Oriental Sunshine
  • Don't Turn Me Away - Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • Do You Feel It? - Joe Cuba Sextet
  • Cumbia del Monte - Pedro Laza y sus Pelayeros
  • C'est normal - Brigitte Fontaine & Areski
  • Twice the First time - Saul Williams
  • Don't it drive you crazy? - The Pointed Sisters
  • Venus in Fur - The Velvet Undergroud & Nico
  • Baltimore - Nina Simone
  • Shere Kahn - Nino Nardini
  • Qui Coulè Mamman ou - Marius Cultier
  • Billy Jack - Curtis Mayfield
  • Can you feel it - Electric Six
  • Brother where are you - Oscar Brown Jr.
  • Main Aim - Cella Dwellas
  • Il Pleut - Brigitte Fontaine
  • Tried by 12 - East Flatbush Project
  • Comme un boomerang - Serge Gainsbourg
  • Imidiwan ma tennam - Tinariwen