Mar 9 2012: Possible Portrait of Francoise Sagan from Studio A Sandrei (Sainte-Maxime, Undated)

Another portrait of a woman, singled out here by the possibility that she might be none other than the author of Bonjour Tristesse, Francoise Sagan, seen in some cafe or bar of the 1950s or 60s. The girl at the centre of the image certainly closely resembles Sagan, and the photograph itself had been kept inside the sleeve of a 7″ EP on which Juliette Greco sang four of Sagan’s songs in her Left Bank cabaret style, so the previous owner of that record and the photograph appeared to have made the connection tentatively posed here him or herself. Either way, it’s an intriguing snapshot of its particular moment, and gives an impression of being added to rather than spoiled by the minor damage to the picture’s surface, perhaps because the careless storage these tears and scuffs suggest seems entirely of a piece with the slightly carefree bohemianism caught in the image.

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