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November 2, 2019

Stunning Fashion Photography by Lionel Kazan in the 1950s and '60s

Lionel Kazan was born in Monaco on May 9, 1930, of a Russian father and Polish mother. It was here that he met Marc Allégret, the film director and photographer, who gave him his first camera when he was twelve. It was the beginning of his passion and future vocation.

Stunning fashion photography by Lionel Kazan in the 1950s and 1960s

Kazan started as a laboratory assistant at Condé Nast where he met the greatest post-war fashion photographers, including Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Cecil Beaton. But it was his meeting with Hélène Lazareff that began his long and beautiful colaboration with the founder of Elle magazine. He produced 92 covers for her, from 1953-1965.

Many well-known models posed for him, including Dorian Leigh, Bettina Graziani, Marisa Berenson and Pia Rossilli (who became his wife). In 1956, Kazan worked for Alex Liberman at Vogue and for Harper's Bazaar before returning to France where he resumed work for Elle and in addition for Femina and Marie-Claire.

Kazan stopped his photographic career to take up painting. He died in 2016 at the age of 86.

These stunning pics are part of his fashion photography that Kazan shot in the 1950s and 1960s.

Bettina Graziani, photo by Lionel Kazan, quai de Béthune, Paris, Elle, July 1954

Bettina Graziani, photo by Lionel Kazan, variant used for cover of Elle, July 1954

Suzy Parker in dress by Jean Patou on the roof of the Louvre Museum, photo by Lionel Kazan, Elle, July 1954

Bettina Graziani, photo by Lionel Kazan, cover of Nouveau Femina, March 1955

Bettina poses in an embroidered dress by Lempereur, photo by Lionel Kazan, Elle, May 30, 1955

Fashion photo by Lionel Kazan for Elle (used as cover), May 1955

Fashion photo by Lionel Kazan for Elle, 1955

Fashion photo by Lionel Kazan for Elle, May 1955

Paule Rizzo, photo by Lionel Kazan, Elle, 1955

Sophie Malgat, photo by Lionel Kazan, Elle, Algeria, 1955

Barbara Mullen in striped hooded top and pants by Christian Dior Boutique, photo by Lionel Kazan, Greece, Elle, 1956

Barbara Mullen, photo by Lionel Kazan for Elle, Greece, May 1956

Michèle Morgan, photo by Lionel Kazan, Elle, August 1956

Bettina Graziani, photo by Lionel Kazan, Marie Claire, February 1957

Lucinda Hollingsworth is wearing a full-skirt party dress with chrysanthemum print on red background by Rappi in silk surah, photo by Lionel Kazan, February 1958

Model wearing party dress with nasturtium print on white background by Kasper of Arnold & Fox, and a straw hat by John Frederics Charmer, photo by Lionel Kazan, February 1958

Dolores Hawkins in white two-piece, photo by Lionel Kazan, Glamour, July 1960

Dolores Hawkins, photo by Lionel Kazan for the cover of Greek magazine Oheaypoe, 1960

Dolores Hawkins, photo by Lionel Kazan, circa 1960

Dolores Hawkins, photo by Lionel Kazan, Glamour, July 1960

Marisa Berenson, photo by Lionel Kazan, circa 1960s

Model in evening dress of jet-spangled lace and burgundy velvet by Samuel Winston, diamond jewelry by Harry Winston, opera pumps by Andrew Geller, photo by Lionel Kazan, Vogue, October 1, 1960

Nena von Schlebrügge, photo by Lionel Kazan, 1960

Pia Kazan in gorgeous satin gown with bead-embroidered bodice by Sophie for Saks Fifth Avenue, photo by Lionel Kazan, September 1960

Pia Kazan in spectacular dress of silk chiffon in two layers of black over forest green with a deep V-back, by Scaasi who also designed the earrings, photo by Lionel Kazan, Vogue, October 1, 1960

Pia Kazan, photo by Lionel Kazan for Vogue, 1961

Gudrun Bjarnadottir, detail of Juvena beauty products ad, photo by Lionel Kazan, 1963

Dorian Leigh, photo by Lionel Kazan, cover of Elle, July 26, 1954

Mickey in midnight blue velvet skirt and tapestry jacket with large satin bow, photo by Lionel Kazan in Russia, Elle, October 1964

Mickey in peacock blue and gold brocade evening coat, photo by Lionel Kazan in Russia, Elle, October 1964

Tamara Nyman, photo by Lionel Kazan for cover of Novella magazine, 1964

Tamara Nyman, photo by Lionel Kazan, 1964

Agneta Frieberg wearing Germaine Monteil makeup and an orange dress by Sloat with matching headband, photo by Lionel Kazan, June 1965

Anna Karina, photo by Lionel Kazan, Marie Claire, May 1966

Françoise Dorléac, photo by Lionel Kazan for Marie Claire in 1966

Marie Laforêt, photo by Lionel Kazan, Marie Claire, June 1966

Monica Vitti, photo by Lionel Kazan, Marie Claire, May 1966

Gudrun Bjarnadottir, photo by Lionel Kazan, 1967

Shirley MacLaine, photo by Lionel Kazan, Marie Claire, January 1967

Mireille Darc, photo by Lionel Kazan, Marie Claire, 1968


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