Dominique Tarlé: Exile
Atlas Gallery is delighted to announce the first exclusive UK exhibition of the celebrated Exile photographs of Dominique Tarlé. In the spring and summer of 1971, Tarlé spent the best part of six months living with the Rolling Stones in the sprawling Villa Nellcôte in the South of France where the band had fled to avoid the attention of the tax authorities. During this period, accepted as a friend and member of an ever-changing household of musicians, friends and family, Tarlé was granted unprecedented access to the private life of the band and in the process documented the creation and recording of the seminal Stones album Exile on Main Street. Possibly the most candid and engaging private record of a band living and working together, Tarlé’s photographs have never been matched by any other photographer’s work on any other band.
Tarlé captures several sides of the experience; the incongruity of making a rock ‘n’ roll record amid a circus of girlfriends, hangers-on, children and dogs; the formlessness of a life where pleasure, work, hanging out and drug-fuelled angst bled seamlessly into each other. Here’s Marlon perching in a row of guitars, Keith and country and western legend Gram Parsons strumming into the small hours, Eric Clapton arriving for Mick’s wedding, the band roasting in the sun nursing hangovers, and, in utter contrast to Richards’s piratical swagger, Jagger in poses of composed narcissism.