SARAH MOON. Untitled (Ballerina), Zurich, Switzerland, c. 1972, SOLD

7.75 x 10.25″


SKU: SMO-001 Categories: ,

Sarah Moon. Duotone. Stamped with artist name and also signed on print recto.

This print is from a rare limited edition portfolio of 12 signed vintage exhibition-size prints, and was included in an exceptional portfolio collection of striking duotones by world-renowned modern masters of photography who responded to a unique artistic challenge by Polaroid Corporation—Walker Evans, Ansel Adams, Joseph Sudek, David Bailey, Minor White, Lennart Nilsson, Sarah Moon, Ulrich Mack, Yousuf Karsh, Kisin Shinoyama, Oliviero Toscani, and Jeanloup Sieff. These signed prints share a common denominator… the final enlargement made from a Polaroid Type 105 negative. Each photographer approached the challenge in his individual fashion, but in each case the unique quality inherent in the medium was exploited… each photographer used the new medium to present his individual style and way of seeing.” Design, art direction and preface by Allan Porter, editor-in-chief of Camera.

Sarah Moon (b.1941) is a French fashion photographer who rose to prominence in London during the 1970s. Characterized by her painterly, ethereal aesthetic, Moon’s photographs are often saturated with jewel tones and feature romantic, magical imagery. “For me, photography is pure fiction,” she has said. “I don’t believe that I am making any defined statement. Instead, I am expressing something, an echo of the world maybe.” She was born Marielle Warin in Vichy, France and she and her Jewish family fled occupied France for England when she was still a teenager. Moon began modelling in Paris and London under the name Marielle Hadengue, and in 1970, she took up photography in earnest, adopting the moniker Sarah Moon. She worked extensively with Barbara Hulanicki of the London clothing brand Biba, and later the French label Cacharel. She has also produced photographs for Vogue magazine, Comme des Garçons, Chanel, and Dior. In 1972, she became the first woman to shoot the Pirelli calendar, and since 1985, has focused on gallery and film work. Her accolades include New York’s Clio Award in 1984 and France’s Grand Prix National de la Photographie in 1995. (courtesy of Artsy).