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September 26, 2018

Glamorous Photos of Famous Beauties Taken by Sam Lévin in the 1950s and 1960s

Born 1904 in Kharkiv, Ukraine, French photographer Sam Lévin was one of the most important glamour photographers of the 20th Century. He photographed generations of actors and actresses, artists, politicians and royalty.

Lévin's work embraces the Golden Age of French cinema perfectly. For 20 years, he was the photographer of Brigitte Bardot, and his photos of her contributed to a radically new image of women in the 1960s.

Classic beauties taken by Sam Lévin in the 1950s and 1960s

Among the film stars whom he portrayed are Jean Marais, Simone Signoret, Jean Gabin, Romy Schneider, Alain Delon, Michel Piccoli, Jane Birkin, Catherine Deneuve, Yves Montand and Edith Piaf.

Out of France, Lévin also worked for Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) and for the Cinecittà studio in Rome. There Lévin pictured such international superstars as Burt Lancaster, Ingrid Bergman, Ava Gardner, Orson Welles, Gina Lollobrigida, Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.

Lévin died in 1992 at the age of 88.

Here below is a glamorous photo collection of classic beauties that Lévin shot in the 1950s and 1960s.

Jeanne Moreau, circa 1950s

 Juliette Greco, 1950

Linda Gloria, advertising for Jacno graphic designer, 1950

 Marie-Hélène Arnaud, circa 1950s

 Martine Carol, circa 1950s

The Kessler twins, Ellen and Alice, for a Kodak promotion shot, circa 1950s

 Capucine in knit sweater by Korrigan-Lesur, 1951

Geneviève Page, 1953

Ava Gardner, 1954

Brigitte Bardot, 1954

Martine Carol, 1955

 Ava Gardner as the Duchess of Alba in the film 'The Naked Maja', 1958

 Ava Gardner in the film 'The Naked Maja', 1958

 Françoise Arnoul, 1958

 Ivy Nicholson, 1958

Jean Seberg during filming of 'Bonjour Tristesse', 1958

Jean Seberg, 1958

Annette Vadim, 1960

Annette Vadim, 1960

Anouk Aimée, 1960

Catherine Deneuve, 1960

Ivy Nicholson for Glamour by Bourjois perfume ad, 1960

Jeanne Moreau, 1960

Jeanne Moreau, 1960

Jeanne Moreau, 1960

 Marie Laforêt, circa 1960

 Mylène Demongeot, 1960

 Romy Schneider, circa 1960

Claudia Cardinale, 1961

Claudia Cardinale, 1961

Claudia Cardinale, 1961

 Mylène Demongeot with her hair in a bouffant style, 1961

 Romy Schneider, 1961

Catherine Deneuve, 1962

Catherine Deneuve, 1962

Jane Fonda, 1962

Jane Fonda, 1962

Romy Schneider, 1962

Claudia Cardinale, 1963

Jane Fonda, 1963

 Maria Schell, 1963

Anna Karina, 1964

Dany Saval, 1964

Dany Saval, 1964

Dany Saval, 1964

Françoise Dorléac, 1964

Ivy Nicholson in panne velvet jumpsuit, 1964-65

 Françoise Hardy, 1965

Sophia Loren, 1965

Brigitte Bardot, 1967

Marie Laforêt, 1967

Sylvie Vartan, 1967



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