Jeanloup Sieff's work is unmistakable. The clean modern elegance of his images is combined with a cool sensuality influenced by the "new wave" film-makers of the 50s. A personal erotic vocabulary in his nudes and fashion photography is evident; long bare backs, delicate curves and lingerie. Sieff's landscapes are almost surreal with rocks and grasses isolated in desolate terrain's, in contrast to his portraits which convey real human warmth.
Born in Paris in 1933, Sieff’s interest in photography was first piqued when he received a Photax plastic camera as a birthday gift for his fourteenth birthday. In 1953 he attended the Vaugirard School of Photography in Paris, and later on moved to the Vevey School in Switzerland. In 1954 he was already working as a freelance reporter, leaving aside his brief interest in cinema. After working for Elle magazine and the Magnum agency, he lived and worked in New York from 1961 to 1966. His work has appeared in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, as well as in many other publications and has also been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries around the world.