The story is a long and beautiful one… In 1970, Jeanloup Sieff agreed to take me on as a fourth assistant, but unfortunately my employment was deferred indefinitely. At the same time, I had the opportunity to meet Sieff, looking sickly at the opening of his first major exhibition at La Demeure on Place Saint Sulpice.
Jeanloup Sieff was my idol. I was fascinated by everything he shot, which I discovered in the new magazine created by Roger Thérond, PHOTO. The years passed by, and I had the pleasure of meeting Barbara Rix-Sieff at the home of Francoise de Panafieu, who was the mayor of the 17th arrondissement for an exhibition displayed on the facade of the town hall. Then I experienced the joy of climbing the steps to the legendary studio on the Rue Ampère, where I selected, with Barbara and Bruno Baudry, the best photographs to be exhibited in 2007 in Arles for the Nude Photography Festival there. I was surprised to see, in the halls of the Central DUPON Images laboratory, Sonia, charming but determined, surrounded by our technicians.
But it was during the sublime Jeanloup Sieff retrospective at Vichy this year that I got the idea to hold, at the Espace Photographique in the Hôtel de Sauroy, an exhibition bringing together three generations of the Sieff family on a single subject: the nude. It is great emotion that I invite you to come and admire Jeanloup’s unique, large-format photographs, as well as Barbara’s analysis of the works and a creation prepared especially for the occasion by Sonia on December 4th, beginning at 19:00 at the Hotel de Sauroy.
UN NU, Jeanloup Sieff
From December 4 to December 21st 2014
Hôtel de Sauroy
58 rue Charlot