Photography

Lévin, Sam (1904 - 1992)

Born in Ukraine, Sam Levin settled in Paris in 1906. A freelance photographer for such publications as Paris Match or the New York Times, he established his own studio in 1934. A year later, the Ukrainian photographer was asked to replace a colleague on the set of Jean Renoir’s Great Illusion. A fruitful collaboration was then launched, Sam Levin becoming the close observer of the director’s films such as The Marseillaise or the Human Beast, but also that of other major directors. At the same time, he had become a recognized portrait photographer, depicting the greatest celebrities of his time, from Gérard Philippe to Josephine Baker or Romy Schneider. His most impactful work was his partnership with Brigitte Bardot. Almost discovering the young actress in the mid 1950s, Sam Levin helped constitute her public identity with images ‘of sensuality and slight immorality’. He created modern images of a sex symbol capable of rivaling with Hollywood bombshells, a childish yet highly sensual beauty made of tousled hair, bare feet or a not-so-naive bikini.
 

Sam Lévin, Sophie Daumier, ca 1958
Sam Lévin, Sophie Daumier, ca 1958
Sam Lévin, Bernadette Lafont, ca 1960
Sam Lévin, Bernadette Lafont, ca 1960
Sam Lévin, Romy Schneider, date unknown
Sam Lévin, Romy Schneider, date unknown
Sam Lévin, Catherine Deneuve, date unknown
Sam Lévin, Catherine Deneuve, date unknown
Sam Lévin, Jean Renoir, ca 1937
Sam Lévin, Jean Renoir, ca 1937
Sam Lévin, Ava Gardner, 1954
Sam Lévin, Ava Gardner, 1954
Sam Lévin, Marie Laforêt, 1962
Sam Lévin, Marie Laforêt, 1962
Sam Lévin, Orson Welles, 1962
Sam Lévin, Orson Welles, 1962
Sam Lévin, Brigitte Bardot, 1967
Sam Lévin, Brigitte Bardot, 1967
Sam Lévin, Jean Seberg, 1960
Sam Lévin, Jean Seberg, 1960
Sam Lévin, Bella Darvi, 1955
Sam Lévin, Bella Darvi, 1955
Sam Lévin, Michèle Morgan, 1949
Sam Lévin, Michèle Morgan, 1949
Sam Lévin, Brigitte Bardot, 1956
Sam Lévin, Brigitte Bardot, 1956
Sam Lévin, Françoise Hardy, date unknown
Sam Lévin, Françoise Hardy, date unknown
Sam Lévin, Jane Birkin, 1972
Sam Lévin, Jane Birkin, 1972
Sam Lévin, Josephine Baker, 1940
Sam Lévin, Josephine Baker, 1940
Sam Lévin, Juliette Greco, date unknown
Sam Lévin, Juliette Greco, date unknown
Sam Lévin, Jean Marais, 1950
Sam Lévin, Jean Marais, 1950
Sam Lévin, Alain Delon, date unknown
Sam Lévin, Alain Delon, date unknown
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