Ella used to frequent a seedy and unsavory online community where many debased degenerates used to gather to revel in their shameless depravity. (Can you tell that I miss them?)
When the other libertines noticed that Ella appreciated black and white photography, they began sharing samples of the work of their favorite photographers. One of the least savory characters, claiming to be a social worker in Moscow with a mysterious connection to the city of Wuppertal, introduced me to the sensational work of Jeanloup Sieff by posting the following three photos, without comment or caption.
These three images were so electrifying to me that I began keeping a list of my favorite photographers as a result. I did not want to forget the name Jeanloup Sieff.
Born in Paris in 1933, Sieff was a famous fashion photographer in the 60s.
He also took some memorable portraits in the era:
Sieff is arguably best known for his black and white nudes, of which I will only post one of my favorites.
His landscapes were similarly superb.
And, as may be noted in the Hitchcock portraits as well as much of his other work, he had a sense of humor.
Thank you, erstwhile Moscow ne’er-do-well for introducing me to the work of this great photographer.
More of Jeanloup Sieff’s work may be seen here.