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The Nudes of Jean Clemmer

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015
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One of the world's most renowned erotic fashion photographers, Swiss-born Jean Clemmer's iconic photographs of 1960's Paris explore the utopian fantasies and sexual freedom of the era, focusing on the eroticism of French couturier Paco Rabanne's semi-nude models, dressed in his "unwearable" fashions of futuristic plastic and aluminum chain-mail jewelry.

Clemmer also frequently collaborated with Salvador Dali. Beginning in 1962, "they created tableaux vivants at Dalí's home in Port Lligat along Spain's Costa Brava as well as fashion spreads for magazines. Clemmer was the only photographer to document Dalí's first and only solo directorial of the film Le Divin Dalí, that sadly was destroyed in a fire. Both artist and photographer chose the designer Paco Rabanne, a mascot of this era of change, to dress their subjects. Dalí called Rabanne the “second greatest Spanish genius" and constantly sought Rabanne for the costumes of his photographic projects, performance and film projects. Dalí's favorite models Amanda Lear, Elsa Peretti and Donyale Luna, were dressed in Rabanne's dramatic creations which in part was documented in A Soft Self Portrait narrated by Orson Welles. In the 1980's Clemmer returned to his collaborative journey with Dalí and created the Metamorphosis Series that layered transparencies of images upon the body of nude silhouettes. A highlight of one of the Metamorphosis prints incorporated the triad of Clemmer, Dali and Rabanne. Dali's paintings, Rabanne's clothing and Clemmer's duality of image became a signature scene on a beach presenting a trinity of influence and is signed by both photographer, artist and designer."

via robert berman gallery

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