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The Questionnaire : Sonia Sieff by Carole Schmitz


Like father, like daughter !

Daughter of the iconic photographer Jean-Loup Sieff and Barbara Rix-Sieff, Sonia inherited talent. A set photographer in her early days, she quickly fell in love with fashion and is obsessed with the bodies and personality of those who pass in front of her camera.

If she doubts everything, Sonia Sieff on the other hand never doubted her desire to become a photographer, it was obvious to her. However, she did not receive her first camera until the age of 17 … “A bit late for a photographer’s daughter” she admits, having fun! But whatever, very quickly her images are precise and intense, she learned how to use light. Like her father, she loves distinguished women, dancer’s bodies, composition and cinema. She admires him infinitely but follows her own path and imposes herself.

Curious about everything, she has always lived several lives. So, every now and then, she likes to go on the other side of the mirror, it amuses her because it is another energy.

Also a director in her spare time, she has shot many commercials, and promises us very soon her first documentary film dedicated to her father …

Someone worth keeping an eye on!

Carole Schmitz



Your first photographic click?

Sonia Sieff : a film badly inserted in the camera


The man of images who inspires you?

Sonia Sieff : who do you think?


The image you would have liked to have done?

Sonia Sieff : The one that I will do tomorrow.


The one that moved you the most?

Sonia Sieff : Images taken from life. Elliott Erwitt the mother with her baby.


And the one that made you angry?

Sonia Sieff : All the bad images that flood our lives


The quality necessary to be a good photographer?

Sonia Sieff : Knowing how to shoot at the right time.


The secret to the perfect image, if it exists?

Sonia Sieff : Grace


The camera you started out with?

Sonia Sieff : Nikon FM2


The one you are using today?

Sonia Sieff : Nikon D850 and Leica M10


Your favorite drug?

Sonia Sieff : The skin.


Your greatest quality?

Sonia Sieff : The determination.


An image to illustrate a new banknote?

Sonia Sieff : Simone Veil / Simone Beauvoir / Edith Piaf / Marguerite Duras / Louise Bourgeois / the unknown nurse


The job that you would not have liked to do ?

Sonia Sieff : Public toilet attendant.


Your biggest extravaganza as a photographer?

Sonia Sieff : Kindness


Your biggest regret?

Sonia Sieff : I wish my father had seen the journey accomplished.


Instagram or snapchat?

Sonia Sieff : Instagram


Color or B&W?

Sonia Sieff : Color of course.


Daylight or artificial light?

Sonia Sieff : DayLight without any hesitation !


If God existed would you ask him to pose for you, or would you go for a selfie with him?

Sonia Sieff : I would put my camera down and bow down.


The image that represents for you the current state of the world?

Sonia Sieff : Earth seen from space.



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