During the mid 50’s Jeanloup Sieff (1933 - 2000) worked as an independent journalist and fashion photographer for Elle in Paris. In 1961 he moved to New York where he worked and lived until 1966, when he returned to Paris. There, he made a career as a fashion, portrait and nude photographer with assignments by numerous important magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Pars, Glamour, Esquire, Look and Twen.
Sieff created images that shaped the vision of generations and are icons in the history of photography. Sieff’s portraits of Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Montand and Astrid’s Back are famous examples of the photographer’s style – a mix of romance, melancholy, elegance and irony. The pictures show his longing for authenticity and beauty in portrait photography and how freedom and pleasure were an intrinsic part of his creative style. Throughout his life Sieff preferred to photograph in black and white.
His photographs are part of important museum collections such as the Centre Pompidou and the Musée de l’art Moderne in Paris. He was appointed as a Chevalier des Art et Lettres in Paris (1981) and was awarded with the Grand Prix National de la Photographie (1992).
Jeanloup Sieff has published several books of his work and exhibited worldwide at renowned museums and art galleries.
In 2010 Bernheimer Fine Art Photography presented a solo show of Jeanloup Sieff. BFAP also exhibited his work at the Paris Photo and Frieze Masters.