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Vintage Photos of Legendary Pool Parties

In a dazzling new book, photographer and international bon vivant Jean “Johnny” Pigozzi documents the starry scene at his Côte d’Azur swimming pool

There are any number of places for members of the international jet set to congregate along the French Riviera, but for nearly six decades one kidney-shaped swimming pool has been an unparalleled draw. Everyone from Gianni Agnelli to Elizabeth Taylor, Graham Greene, Mick Jagger and Princess Caroline of Monaco has flocked to mingle poolside at Villa Dorane, the Antibes home of the art collector, automotive heir and very social shutterbug Johnny Pigozzi. In April, Pigozzi will release Pool Party: Sixty Years at the World’s Most Famous Pool (Rizzoli), a collection of more than 100 photos celebrating his pool and the astounding assortment of people (and, very often, dogs) who’ve taken a dip. The pictures aren’t only stunning because of their subjects, but also because someone who so obviously loves the location—and the characters it draws—shot them. As Pigozzi intimate Bono writes in the book’s introduction, “The photographs are serious because they don’t try to be. The instant becomes eternal when you come across an oasis like Villa Dorane.”