A picture tells a thousand words — and photos of famous couples throughout pop culture history can tell us more about their relationship than all the tabloids, biographies, and interviews put together. Photography may be a two-dimensional medium, but passion and intimacy cannot be contained by paper alone. A new book featuring rare photos of French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg and British actress Jane Birkin is a fine example of this. The images were taken by Jane’s brother, photographer Andrew Birkin, and detail the legendary relationship between the idols. The book inspired us to search for photos that tell the story of other famous romances.
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin
Gainsbourg was mesmerized by the much younger Birkin, who remained with the French singer for more than a decade. They were effortlessly stylish, driven, and captivated audiences with their film and music collaborations — the song “Je t’aime… moi non plus” a major highlight of their creative union.