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November 18, 2021

Stunning Black and White Photography by Jeanloup Sieff

Born 1933 in Paris to parents of Polish origin. Jeanloup Sieff’s interest in photography was first piqued when he received a Photax plastic camera as a birthday gift for his fourteenth birthday. He recalled his holidays in Polish winter resort of Zakopane as a period when photographing newly met girls he got really hooked on photography.

Portraits of classic beauties taken by Jeanloup Sieff in the 1960s

In 1953, Sieff attended the Vaugirard School of Photography in Paris, later on moved to the Vevey School in Switzerland, and in 1954, he was already working as a freelance reporter, leaving aside his brief interest in cinema.

In 1956, Sieff began shooting fashion photography, and in 1958, he joined the Magnum Agency. His work for them made him travel to Italy, Greece, Poland and Turkey. He settled in New York for a number of years in the 1960s, where he worked for Esquire, Glamour, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, becoming extremely popular in America.

Jeanloup Sieff was a practitioner of the photographic art of high fashion, and avowed a fidelity to the frivolous and superficial. His legacy places him in the top rank of fashion, portrait, and art photographers. He won a number of 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. He photographed many celebrities, among them Jane Birkin, Yves Montand, Alfred Hitchcock, Jacques-Henri Lartigue,Yves Saint-Laurent, and Rudolf Nureyev. Dancers and nudes were two recurring themes in his works.

Sieff died in Paris in 2000 at the age of 66. His daughter, Sonia Sieff, is a well known photographer also. These stunning black and white are part of his work that he took from the 1960s.

Ballet, Paris Opera, 1960

Claire Motte, Paris, 1960

Denise Serrault, 1960

Monique Dutto, 1960

Pierre Cardin and Ina Balke, 1960

Self-portrait with Barbara Jeanloup Sieff, 1960

For Jardin Des Modes, 1961

For Queen magazine, London, 1961

Lady smoking cigarette, 1961

Paris, 1961

Vienna, 1961

Anna Carin Bjorck, 1962

Corset, New York, 1962

Denise Sarrault, Harper’s Bazaar, 1962

Ina Balke and Alfred Hitchcock, Harper's Bazaar, 1962

Ina Balke, 1962

Astrid Heeren and a suave dude, Palm Beach, 1964

Astrid Heeren, dress Bill Blass for Maurice Rentner, Palm Beach, Harper's Bazaar, 1964

Astrid Heeren, Palm Beach, 1964

China Machado, Jimmy Moore, photographer Hiro and her children, 1964

Fashion Maxwell Croft, Queen, London, 1964

Ina Balke, coat Monte-Sano & Pruzan, World's Fair, New York, Harper's Bazaar, 1964

Jill Kennington for Queen Magazine, England, 1964

Catherine Deneuve, 1965

Patty Boyd, 1965

Sylvie Vartan, Paris, 1965

Children, 1966

Jane Birkin, 1966

Pierre-André Boutang, Paris, 1966

Twiggy, 1966

Donna Mitchell in black velvet gaucho-inspired suit, Vogue, October 1967

Donna Mitchell, 1967

Twiggy in the bracken, 1967

Jane Birkin, 1968

Marisa Berenson and Jeanloup, Vogue, October 1968

Mia Farrow, 1968

Barbara Rix, wife of Jeanloup Sieff, 1969

Catherine Deneuve, 1969

For Revlon, 1969

Yves St Laurent, 1969

(Photo © Jeanloup Sieff)


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