The Work of Photographer Claude Gassian

Sotheby’s Auction House presents the 7th edition of the Paris NOW! which will take place exclusively online in March 2021. Achieving strong results over the past six years, NOW! is an innovative blend of contemporary art, photographs, African and Oceanic art and design pieces.

For the seventh edition, Paris-based rock and roll photographer Claude Gassian has teamed up with Sotheby’s to curate the sale. One of the most talented portraitists in the international music industry, Claude Gassian has captured many of the greatest rock stars over the past 50 years. This edition of NOW! presents a unique opportunity to acquire his iconic and celebrated photographs.

It is high time to put him in the spotlight and draw up a portrait – a Chinese Portrait – of the man behind the camera.

A love of rock music turned Claude Gassian into a music photographer at the dawn of the seventies. It is to be closer to his passion – whether pressed up against the stage or behind the scenes – that Claude takes up photography. In his early days, he catches the coat-tails of the sixties rock revolution, documenting the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and The Who at the Isle of Wight Festival.

Concert after concert, Claude refines his technique and his photographs start to appear in the music press. The true photographic revelation takes place a few years later, with the emergence of a new generation of groups – more incisive but also more accessible. Along with his very energetic stage photographs, Claude Gassian develops a more intimate work, a very personal style that opens the intimacy of the greatest.

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