Champagne Supernova : Oasis in Paris
These images were made over two days for a CD booklet which was never printed, so they remained hidden in my archive until David Walker at the Oasis Collectors Group asked me to create a book of them to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Heathen Chemistry, the band's fifth album.
Paris in February 2002 was the end of an era. The Champagne Supernova nineties had been eclipsed by the post 9-11 reality, the troops were in Afghanistan, the dot.com bubble had burst, the economy was in recession, the Patriot Act was in and liberty was on the way out. Napster changed the way we shared music and digital photography was about to replace film. Today it would be impossible to wander around Paris making pictures like this with cell phones and social media.