Jeanloup Sieff: Lonely Cat in an Inhospitable Environment, 1973 |
Vintage silver gelatin print
Paper size: 15 7/8 x 11 7/8 in
Signed and dated on recto [signature faded]; titled and dated with studio stamp on verso
Hinge mounted to window mat.
Jeanloup Sieff, 40 Years of Photography, p. 161
From a private collection.
"All cats are show-offs, and this one had ocupied the spot I had reserved for the model. We both waited for her to complete her toilet, then she had to move aside."--Jeanloup Sieff.
Jeanloup Sieff's career is currently undergoing an extraordinary posthumous revival, with a huge fashion retrospective from Prestel that features an essay by fashion impresario Oliver Zahm (of Purple Magazine & Diary fame
From the the always excellent EYESTORM site
"Well-known for his love of the frivolous and superficial, Jeanloup Sieff’s legacy places him in the top rank of fashion and art photographers.
A veteran of Harpers Bazaar, Vogue and an associate of the famous Magnum agency, Sieff took up his camera to capture ‘the pleasure of those maddening lights’; whether the chic limelight of Hollywood, the harsh glare of Death Valley skies or the fashion shoot flash, his images are studies in the art of glamour.
Born in Paris to parents of Polish origin, Sieff’s interest in photography began at the age of fourteen when he received a Photax plastic camera for his birthday, and it was during holidays in Poland when photographing girls he met that he got hooked on the medium. In 1953 he attended the Vaugirard School of Photography in Paris, later moving to the Vevey School in Switzerland, and by 1954 he was working as a freelance reporter.
Two years later he began shooting fashion photography, and in 1958 he joined Magnum, which took him to Italy, Greece, Poland and Turkey on assignments. He settled in New York for a number of years in the 1960’s where he worked for various lifestyle magazines such as Esquire and Vogue amongst other major publications, and subsequently became extremely popular in America."
Sieff won a number of prizes in his life, including 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, and Rudolf Nureyev, with dancers and nudes both recurring themes in his work.
Sieff died on 20th September 2000 at the age of 66 at the Laennec hospital in Paris."
Signature faded; surface scratching to emulsion upper left.