The scene? 1968 France. The mission? To photograph potential locations for an upcoming Stanley Kubrick movie. But while carrying out the assignment, Andrew Birkin’s lens found an unexpected pair of subjects: his sister, Jane Birkin, and her new beau, Serge Gainsbourg. Over the following 12 years, Andrew captured the magnetic couple in thousands of candid, intimate moments: at home in Paris, vacationing on the Isle of Wight in England…. The mostly black-and-white shots — which date through 1979, the year before the two broke up — have been compiled in Jane and Serge, A Family Album, offering a rare view of their daily lives.

All photographs by Andrew Birkin/Taschen