Dominique Tarle

Dominique Tarlé is an acclaimed French photographer known for being associated with some of the greatest musical acts of this century, including the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix. During the summer of 1971, Dominique – a young French rock photographer living in London – was told by the immigration department that he had to leave the country. Consequently he joined the Rolling Stones in their exile from England when their tax advisers were telling them the very same thing. They moved to the Villa Nellcôte in the South of France and Dominique took thousands of photographs, covering possibly the most decadent house party in rock and roll history. His documentation of this period is a thing of beauty, and was later published in the book Exile, which is filled with up close and personal shots of the Stones in various states of consciousness. The Stones escaped the UK’s punitive tax regime in 1971 and decamped to the South of France at Villa Nellcôte, where Keith had set up house with Anita Pallenberg and their son Marlon. It became the location where Exile On Main Street was recorded, with the help of a mobile recording truck connected to a basement studio. Tarlé recounted to the New York Times that, “A carnival of characters paraded through: Terry Southern, Gram Parsons, John Lennon, even a tribal band from Bengal… dope dealers from Marseille; petty thieves, who stole most of the drugs and half the furniture; and hangers-on, all of them there to witness what was happening.” Tarle’s beautifully evocative photographs from Nellcôte are renowned among Stones fans the world over. They have been the subject of a sold-out, limited edition Genesis Publications volume, Exile (2002). In an interview about the book, Tarle said, “… I realised that pictures are far more important than the photographers themselves. For myself, I could only say that the whole of the game was to remain invisible and to have the least possible impact on what was going on around me.”

Dominique Tarle Prints