Jeanloup Sieff was born in Paris to parents of Polish origin. He recalled his holidays in the Polish winter resort of Zakopane as a period when photographing newly met girls got him hooked on photography. In 1956 he began doing fashion shoots, working all over Europe. 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.

An online bio says that:

His pictures were always inimitably his own, whatever their subject. Brooding black and whites, always exquisitely printed, became his trademark style. Yet in everything he did, he managed to instil a sense of psychological upset or doubt within the picture.


As he grew older, he increasingly concentrated on nudes. 1998 saw the publication of his book Derrieres – “an ode to the bottom – a photographic tribute to 93 behinds, – in all their apple-cheeked glory.” 

A dandy all his life, early risers in Paris grew used to the long haired and elegant man driving his tremendously stylish, vintage English sports car for an early breakfast in the St Germain district. Almost everybody knows a picture or two of Sieff’s, even if they perhaps don’t know that the image is his – and that is an extraordinary legacy.

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