Everyone from Mick Jagger to Bono has partied at this photographer’s villa in the South of France — see the photos

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Jean Pigozzi

Jean Pigozzi’s pool parties might be as famous as the guests who have attended them over the years.

Businessman, art collector, philanthropist, and all-around entertainer, Pigozzi has been throwing get-togethers for the rich, beautiful, and famous at his home in the south of France since the 1950s.

Guests like Sharon Stone, Woody Allen, Tony Bennett, and Jane Fonda have all graced his Villa Dorane with their presence, their attendance forever immortalized by Pigozzi’s camera.

His newest book, “Pool Party“, chronicles what went down in the villa’s backyard pool, which looks out onto the ocean.

Ahead, six snaps that prove Pigozzi’s parties are not to be missed.


The book contains more than 100 iconic and unpublished photos from Pigozzi’s personal archives.

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Elizabeth Taylor and Dave Stewart, 1993
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Bono wrote the book’s foreword. “Of all the wild and wonderful guests jumping in and out of his looking-glass pool, the biggest thrill for me is to hear the laughter drown out the sea,” he wrote.

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The Edge, Michael Hutchence, Bono, 1994
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“My favorite guest, Mick Jagger, [who] I’ve spent a lot of time with, and we have very funny conversations, and we’ve traveled all around the world together,” Pigozzi said in an interview with NOWNESS.

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Helmut Newton and Mick Jagger, 1990
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Pigozzi isn’t a fan of overt, tasteless luxury. The Villa Dorane, decorated by the late Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass, was decked out with bright colors, eccentric art, and life-size sculptures.

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Naomi Cambell with Mick and Bono the dogs, 1993
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Pigozzi also hosts an annual Festival de Cannes party at his place.

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Uma Thurman, 2015
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Bono continues in the foreword: “The photographs are serious because they don’t try to be … the instant becomes eternal … when you come across an oasis like Villa Dorane … to not stop on our journey for a long breath would be the wrong kind of foolishness.”

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Xin Li, 2009
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