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Jean-Loup Sieff
French photographer

Jean-Loup Sieff was born in 1933 from polish parents and died on 2000.
He began shooting fashion photography in 1956 and joined the Magnum Agency in 1958, which enabled him to travel extensively.
Settling in New York for much of the sixties he worked for Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue and Elle, photographing celebrities such as Françoise Sagan, Catherine Deneuve, Carolyn Carlson and Alfred Hitchcock amongst others. Sieff won numerous prizes including the Prix Niepce, the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in Paris in 1981 and the Grand Prix National de la Photographie in 1992, and his work is housed in many private and international collections.

Jean-Loup Sieff is heralded as one of the great international photographic talents of the second half of the 20th century and has left an undeniable imprint on his generation. Prolific in many fields, the variety of his imagery highlights his broad artistry, ranging from fashion, nudes, landscape and portraiture.

With great tenacity, Jean-Loup Sieff pursued a personal and highly effective signature style, soaked in playful imagination with a touch of irony. Seldom working in color he favored the discipline of black and white, often using to his advantage the spatial distortion of wide-angle lenses, the dramatic potential of shadow and exploitation of tone.

His studio and lab being incorporated into his studio apartment, he lived and created in his lair, away from fashions and media turbulence. Jean-Loup Sieff was calm. Often melancholic, always nostalgic, her half-hearted humor could be disconcerting. He loved cats, N & B and Fats Waller. In his photos, we find the same places, the same objects: the staircase, the table, the black house of East-Hampton, the painting of Charles Matton ...

His photo book "Je me souviens" is plenty of anecdotes illustrating this humor and this nostalgia. He was always ready to give advice to a young photograph and his personal phone number was public. When asked what part of the body he preferred, Jean-Loup Sieff answered "the back". He made no distinction between command work and so-called "personal" work.

" My photos are as many small black and white pebbles that I would have sown to find the path that would bring me back to adolescence "
©Jeanloup Sieff.

Alfred Hitchcock © Jean-Loup Sieff

Carolyn Carlson © Jean-Loup Sieff

Catherine Deneuve © Jean-Loup Sieff

© Jean-Loup Sieff

© Jean-Loup Sieff

mode © Jean-Loup Sieff

© Jean-Loup Sieff

Café de Flore - Paris © Jean-Loup Sieff

Françoise Sagan and her jaguar XK © Jean-Loup Sieff

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