Brigitte Bardot and constable, Saint-Tropez, 1975

If you happen to be in Paris this month, drop by the Galerie Art District du Royal Monceau at the Royal Monceau–Raffles hotel, where you’ll find an exceptionally tasteful collection of celebrity photos from the ’60s and ’70s taken by Daniel Angeli, “father of the paparazzi.”

There’s a cerebral tone to Angeli’s shots, particularly when compared to the shit show of “gotcha” pics and videos littering newsstands and gossip sites these days. A code of sorts seems to be at play here—an invitation, rather than an interruption. Simply put, these are beautiful photographs of beautiful people in beautiful settings.

Here are a couple of our favorites…

(L) Paul Newman outside a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival, 1973; (R) John Lennon and Yoko Ono at Le Bourget airport, Paris, 1969

Aristotle Onassis aboard his yacht, Monaco, 1973

Charlie Chaplin, last photo, Vevey, 1977

Catherine Deneuve on the Manon 70 movie set, Paris, 1968

—C.B.S.

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  • C. Brian Smith