The Photography of Jeanloup Sieff: An Eternal Dandy

Jeanloup Sieff: Ballet, Paris Opera, 1960

Jeanloup Sieff: Yves Saint Laurent, Paris, 1971

Jeanloup Sieff: Derrière Anglais, Paris, 1969

Jeanloup Sieff, Carolyn Carlson, Paris, 1974

Jeanloup Sieff: Sylvie, Paris, 1985

Jeanloup Sieff: Catherine Deneuve, Paris, 1969

Jeanloup Sieff, Liza Minelli, Paris, 1969

The Photography of Jeanloup Sieff: An Eternal Dandy

The French photographer Jeanloup Sieff (1933-2000) is a legend in fashion photography and one of the most prominent photographers of his generation. The Moderna Museet in Stockholm is presenting the first Nordic solo exhibition of Jeanloup Sieff’s work, which features a selection from Sieff’s photographic oeuvre.

Sieff began photography in the early 1950s as a contemporary of Helmut Newton and David Bailey, belonging to the generation succeeding Irving Penn. In the course of a long career, his photography spanned from fashion, advertising and portraits to reportage and landscapes. His images are often sensual and elegant, and in the 1960s he was much in demand as a fashion photographer, especially in New York City, where he lived for many years. Sieff was awarded several prizes, including the Prize Niepce, the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in Paris in 1981 and the Grand Prix National de la Photographie in 1992.

Jeanloup Sieff had a huge popular appeal in France, the Unites States and elsewhere. His black-and-white photographs, always elegant and exquisitely printed, became his trademark style. Dancers and nudes were two recurring themes in his works. A trendy man about town all his life, early risers in Paris grew accustomed to seeing the long-haired, debonaire man driving a stylish vintage English sports car for his early morning breakfast in the St Germain district of Paris.

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Hot Skin: Ain’t Nothin’ Like The Real Thing!

Hot Skin: Ain’t Nothin’ Like The Real Thing!

Yves Saint Laurent precedes each men’s show with a film. This season, American photographer and filmmaker Bruce Weber shot the film, titled Ain’t Nothin’ Like the Real Thing.  Weber is perhaps best known for his ad campaigns and catalogues for Abercrombie & Fitch, which feature semi-nude, sexy hotties.  In this film, Weber’s exploration of nudity opens with a clothed model singing to a cute little puppy dangling out of a jacket pocket. Then he and his friends start taking their shirts off (in slow motion). Then they take all their clothes off and jump into a swimming hole out in the wilderness. Weber splices in some vintage shots of nude women, too. The whole thing culminates with the guys cradling an adorable baby, along with some more torso flaunting.

It’s Saturday, so you surely have seven and a half minutes to spend watching this!

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