Photography

Seidner, David (1957 - 1999)

At seventeen, David Seidner moved to Paris and at only nineteen, his sensual and powerful photographs were already appearing on magazine covers. The American photographer liked to use the techniques of fragmentation, multiple exposures, reflection, chemical manipulations and cropping in his early works, strongly inspired by John Cage’s music. By doing so, he managed to question the relationships between clothing, body and art, a research that pushed him to not only depict fashion collections but also the Musée des Arts Décoratifs’ Theatre de la Mode, the film Dracula’s costumes alongside the works and dramatic portraits of contemporary artists such as Richard Serra and Louise Bourgeois. In a further attempt to unite fashion and art, he imagined a Nudes series inspired by Greek sculptures as well as a project fueled by John Singer Sargent for which he sought out the descendants of the painters’ sitters and made them pose in similar garments, thus combining contemporary photography and the conventions of classic portraiture. An admirer of the fashion industry, David Seidner dedicated a book to the model Lisa Fonssagrives and collaborated for many campaigns with Yves Saint Laurent; a collaboration that began with the Paris perfume: ‘David, if you can photograph at the same time a woman, the Eiffel Tower and roses, then you will sign the advertising for the Paris perfume.’ He did.
 

David Seidner, Untitled, Yves Saint Laurent, 1983
David Seidner, Untitled, Yves Saint Laurent, 1983
David Seidner, Ana Cristina, Lacroix, 1992
David Seidner, Ana Cristina, Lacroix, 1992
David Seidner, Cindy Sherman, 1990
David Seidner, Cindy Sherman, 1990
David Seidner, Eric Fischi, 1990
David Seidner, Eric Fischi, 1990
David Seidner, Lance Gries, 1993
David Seidner, Lance Gries, 1993
David Seidner, Laurence Weiner, 1990
David Seidner, Laurence Weiner, 1990
David Seidner, Leeli Shivesh Vari, 1993
David Seidner, Leeli Shivesh Vari, 1993
David Seidner, Lips, 1988
David Seidner, Lips, 1988
David Seidner, Paloma Picasso
David Seidner, Paloma Picasso
David Seidner, Richard Serra, 1990
David Seidner, Richard Serra, 1990
David Seidner, Self-portrait 1, date unknown
David Seidner, Self-portrait 1, date unknown
David Seidner, Self-portrait, date unknown
David Seidner, Self-portrait, date unknown
David Seidner, Tina Chow, Alix, 1982
David Seidner, Tina Chow, Alix, 1982
David Seidner, Trisha Brown, 1993
David Seidner, Trisha Brown, 1993
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