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Leclaireur Boissy d’Anglas welcomes Jean-Daniel Lorieux for a solo show, from June 24 to July 4, featuring original and exclusive pictures – conceived for Leclaireur – as well as a retrospective of his most famous photographies.

Jean-Daniel Lorieux’s eye lastingly marked fashion photography. The icon seeker lays on glazed paper the luxuriant heat of a blazing sun, awaking bodies and freeing minds in graphic, almost pictural compositions.

Under his gaze, femininity takes shape, fascinating with her physique, alluring with playfulness. Feminineness is indeed sumptuous, refined, sensuous, and way more: playful, happy, careless and whimsical too.

The photographer directs the Leclaireur woman in five pictures, from the Hotel Intercontinental rooftop to the Rue Hérold’s alcove.

And, under the sun precisely, a most welcomes Parisian spring sun, we had the chance to talk with Jean-Daniel Lorieux.

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Leclaireur x Jean-Daniel Lorieux

Jean-Daniel Lorieux discovered Leclaireur… 15 years ago… Or something like that. “They are places that make me dream” he confesses with tender inflexions hugging his voice. “The selection is as edgy and non-conformist as the spaces themselves.”

That love story goes way back to the photographer’s fascination for a… pair of shoes spotted in a window. “The shoes Leclaireur displays have always fascinated me. I used to pass by that Stefano B pair, an italo-swedish brand. Until I gave in to temptation, and I was so right to do so: I still wear them today, and never stopped loving them!”

The absolute gentleman is also fascinated by the Royal Monceau’s space, because of its divergent approach to elegance, which is exactly what you’ll find in Jean-Daniel Lorieux’s work.

He relates the time when he met with Martine and Armand Hadida for the first time. “I was delighted to learn that they liked my work. But when they told me that they wanted to show my paintings and photographies , I was ecstatic. I still feel blessed today.”

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Exclusive photographies

This selection of extra-ordinary pieces of clothing, was made by the joint visions of Lorieux and Martine Hadida: “I had a very fun time with Martine looking for the right movement in a dress, the unexpected object, amongst all those oh so contemporary pieces. We were in Boissy d’Anglas, holding a Dries Van Noten skirt, when my eyes landed on this amazing stand-up bass! I immediately knew I wanted to combine them.” The photographer keeps on growing his will to link together music and image, and to lift those notes high, so high into a blue sky, so blue… So the photographer rises towards that sky, on the untamable iconic parisian roofs. With its view on the Opera Garnier, the Hotel Intercontinental’s rooftop was just self-evident.

“To me fashion and music are revolving in the same universe. My family’s roots go back to the Royaumont abbey, which became a cultural musical center in the 30’s.” It’s that special link between sacred music and his life that inspired him that playful picture, with its well known joie de vivre. “When I imagine a picture, I try to produce fashion photography that is not fashion photography. Then I help women escape by windows, or riding motorbike with a stunning gown on in the lounge where I usually enjoy a coffee. I find it… tripping. I love to knock a situation off its proper axle.”

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A sunny glance to the past

Amongst the pictures chosen to appear in that retrospective, is that iconic one, that we all love to see again, of the with the black and white stripes hat: “It’s an image I composed for Dior, and it definitely is one of the milestones of my path – I love the human body, feminine figures, the sun, and turquoise water. From my – hard – years past growing up in Algeria, I learnt so much. Turning 25, I realized I had to find a way to find the sun and the joy in every single thing. It’s the base to happiness.”

Decades of work and creation allowed Jean-Daniel Lorieux to focus on what’s fundamental: “I create my own sun: beautiful, healthy, happy women. Project yourself laying down on a white beach, you feet in the delicious water, you can’t top that. Today, especially today, we need to dream.”

Jean-Daniel Lorieux’s photographies will be displayed and available at Leclaireur Boissy d’Anglas, from June 24 to July 4.

Limited edition to 8 prints/format, signed by the artist.

Formats (in cm): 60 x 80, 80 x 120, 110 x 150, 120 x 80.