Touch of Desire, Touch of Elegance To Nude

Sylvia Krystel in Emmanuelle, photo cover May 1974

Estimate € 8,000 – 12,000 / $ 8,800 – 13,200

© Francis Giacobetti

Article by Roxana Florina Popa


ARTCURIAL auctions photography of master signature : FRANCIS GIACOBETTI.

One of France’s most innovative photographers, Francis Giacobetti is renowned as the man behind the Emmanuelle movie poster, the creator of the Lui Magazine together with Daniel Filipacchi, collaborator for Paris Match and the American magazine Life  and official photographer for the Japanese fashion designer, Issey Miyake for over 20 years. Francis Giacobetti stands next to Richard Avedon and Peter Lindbergh among the rare photographers to shoot the Pirelli calendar.

Exhibition:      14 to 16 October 2017

Sales:                 17 October 2017

Location:         ARTCURIAL in Paris, 7, Rond Point des Champs-Elysées

Francis Giacobetti, Coca-Cola Blues, New York Studio, magazines Playboy 1972 and Lui 1977

Estimate € 4,000 – 6,000 / $ 4,400 – 6,600


Francis Giacobetti, Serge Gainsbourg et Jane Birkin for the Lui Magazine n°131, Le Gris du cœur, 1974 bis, depicting a couple in a domestic fight in a hotel room. This scene is associated with transgressive sadomasochist staging.

Triptych : Estimate € 8,000 – 12,000 / $ 8,800 – 13,200


The 33 prints revealed for sale in Paris depict Francis Giacobetti’s photography as a vehicle for fantastic life encounters. Bidders can imagine themselves in the photographer’s airplane jetting off around the world to shoot beautiful Jane Fonda, Rachel Welch and Jane Birkin for magazine covers, as well as 170 talented men and women from the 20ths and 21st century.


Francis Giacobetti, Jane Fonda on the Malibu beach, Lui Magazine n°62, 1969

Estimate € 4,000 – 6,000 / $ 4,400 – 6,600


As the issues of the Lui Magazine hit newsstands, Giacobetti gradually becomes the Pope of the Glamour Shot. Jean-Paul Goude, advertising film director, illustrates in words the Giacobetti woman:

She is tanned, covered in sand, on a beach, photographed with men in mind, like a golden goddess. She could be a Duchesse or a baker’s girl. We don’t know. A woman is a woman. Her femininity is highlighted; her beauty is taken out of all other context“.

The photographer confesses: “Nude is undoubtedly the hardest art form. I did not choose it, it was instinctive.”

Defining himself as “a thief and a liar” who steals faces, transforming them to the extent that “a mother seldom recognises her own child“, Giacobetti arrives in his latest works at photographing his models’ pupil as the unique window into the soul.

Using an ophthalmological camera of his own craft, he creates the pupil diptychs with Francis Bacon, Dalai Lama, César, Fidel Castro and Luciano Pavarotti.

Francis Giacobetti, HYMN Series, Dalaï Lama

Estimate € 4,000 – 6,000 / $ 4,400 – 6,600


Editions Assouline and Editions First join Artcurial in celebrating the photographic giant with art books gathering his most beautiful photos. In his memoirs, Francis Giacobetti looks back to his incredible life: how a young man became an internationally famous photographer, how he created the Lui Magazine, the work behind the fashion scenes in New York, Paris and Los Angeles, his unwavering friendship with Issey Miyake, the unforgettable moments spent with Salvador Dalì, the sculptor César Bacon and the painter Francis Bacon, his love story with Carole Bouquet and his family relationships.

Special Thanks go to Simone Nickle PR


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Roxana Florina Popa is the author and self-publisher of the book “Beauty Elegance Creativity – 12 Interviews on the Act of Creation

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