Jeanloup Sieff

Jeanloup SieffJeanloup Sieff born Paris, France to parents of Polish origin in November 30, 1933 was a fashion photographer. Jeanloup Sieff’s work is unmistakable. The clean modern elegance of his images is combined with a cool sensuality influenced by the “new wave” film-makers of the 50s. A personal erotic vocabulary in his nudes and fashion photography is evident; long bare backs, delicate curves and lingerie. Sieff’s landscapes are almost surreal with rocks and grasses isolated in desolate terrain’s, in contrast to his portraits which convey real human warmth.  Jeanloup Sieff (1933–2000) was one of the most highly regarded art, fashion, portraiture photographers of his generation, who worked mainly in black and white. 

His 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. In 1953 he 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.


Jeanloup Sieff began his career in 1954 after giving up the idea of working in cinema. After working for Elle magazine and the Magnum agency, he lived and worked in New York from 1961 to 1966. Since 1966 he has lived in Paris and his work has appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, as well as, in many other publications. His work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries around the world.

 ”All aspects of photography interest me and I feel for the female body the same curiosity and the same love as for a landscape, a face or anything else which interests me. In any case, the nude is a form of landscape. There are no reasons for my photographs, nor any rules; all depends on the mood of the moment, on the mood of the model.” - Jeanloup Sieff

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