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BIOGRAPHY

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Jean-Daniel Lorieux, born on January 21, 1937 in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, is a world-renowned French fashion photographer.

He is known for his sunlit, fashion-forward, flamboyant shots and his extraordinary staging. His photographs have graced the covers of Vogue, Madame Figaro, L’Officiel, and Harper’s Bazaar multiple times. He has also collaborated with numerous luxury brands such as Dior, Givenchy, Lanvin, Paco Rabanne, Céline, Pierre Cardin, Chopard, Cartier, and many more. He has notably photographed many personalities such as Jacques Chirac, Nelson Mandela, Frank Sinatra, Claudia Schiffer, Brooke Shields, Sharon Stone, Isabelle Adjani, Carla Bruni, Stéphanie Seymour, Mohammed V, Karen Mulder, Stéphanie de Monaco, Milla Jovovich, James Brown, Laetitia Casta, and many more...

Jean-Daniel Lorieux was educated by the Jesuits at the National School of Arts and Crafts and then attended the René Simon Dramatic Art Course (Cours Simon). He wanted to become a filmmaker, but his draft for the Algerian war changed his path. He served his military service as a photographer for over 2 years. He witnessed shocking events and captured them for the army. After experiencing this period of history, he wanted to see life in the most beautiful way possible.

He joined Studio Harcourt in 1964 and then became a freelance photographer. For over twenty years, he collaborated with the most prestigious fashion magazines such as Vogue, L'Officiel and Harper's Bazaar, where he became friends with Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin and Irvin Penn, following in their footsteps.

It was Pierre Cardin who gave him his first Parisian assignment. In Morocco, he replaced Helmut Newton for a Vogue USA campaign. His career was then launched. While Bourdin, Newton, Sieff, and Bailey worked in studios and in black and white, Jean-Daniel chose, against all trends, the most beautiful outdoor locations on the planet, the light and sun of the southern seas. He tamed icons, nymphs, and naiads on the golden beaches of the Bahamas, Seychelles, and Maldives.

Jean-Daniel Lorieux traveled the world chasing the sun, beginning to mark his style with highly contrasted color photographs, where fashion explodes on always extraordinary men and women, bringing out a distinguished eroticism. A glamour photographer and a man of elegance, many of the world's greats have been in front of his lens, as well as numerous top models such as Claudia Schieffer, Karen Mulder, Isabelle Adjani, Linda Evangelista, and many others. He notably signed the most beautiful advertising campaigns for the most famous designers: Dior, Lanvin, Paco Rabanne, Scherrer, Ricci, Céline, Cardin...

He also established himself in the art world as a portrait painter, trying his hand at pop-art painting alongside Andy Warhol.

His creative fibers? Beauty, action, desire, dialogue, and above all, humor. This short story teller knows that everything is just staging and that the backstage is as crucial as the stage.

In the early days of 2000, Jean-Daniel exhibited in Paris, Monaco, at the Grimaldi Forum, and then, over seven years, in Cannes, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Beirut, Hong Kong, and Brussels. After an exhibition in early 2008 at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Jean-Daniel created images (photos and films) with Isabelle Adjani, the literary masterpiece of Mikhail Bulgakov "The Master and Margarita". It was then the largest and most expensive photo session ever carried out in the world.

He was knighted in the Order of Arts and Letters by Philippe Douste-Blazy in 1997, awarded the Legion of Honor by Jacques Chirac in 2003, and decorated with the Maintenance of Order medal for his two years of service during the Algerian War.

His work has been exhibited worldwide but mostly in the United States and in Europe.

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