View of Just Jaeckin's exhibition at Dumas + Limbach Paris.
Dumas+Limbach is pleased to present Just Jaeckin solo exhibition at our Paris gallery. On this occasion, we will showcase iconic photographies filled with mytical characters from his singular artistic universe.
With this exhibition, the Dumas+Limbach galleries pay tribute to one of the most complete artists of his generation.
World-famous for his productions of Emmanuel, Gwendoline and Madame Claude, Jaeckin has established himself as a hedonistic filmmaker. But this precursor of erotic film was first and foremost a lover of photography. Over the years, this passion has never left him.
hrough his art, Just Jaeckin has never ceased to declare his love for women and their beauty. Always subtle, he was able to reveal the passion, grace and sensuality of those crazy years.
Also a sculptor, he opened a gallery in Paris, then in Saint Briac in Brittany, where he exhibited his latest creations alongside his wife and daughter, also artists.
In 2022, Jaeckin passed away at the age of 82, leaving behind him the memory of unequalled artistic sensuality.
Just Jaeckin, a versatile and multi-talented man, was born in Vichy on August 8, 1940. It was in 1958, during his military service in Algeria, that he discovered photography. He then worked as a reporter. On his return to France, he decided to pursue this activity as a self-taught photographer, collaborating with prestigious fashion magazines such as Elle, Marie Claire and Vogue. For almost seven years, he was busy capturing the most illustrious personalities of the 1970s. Serge Gainsbourg, Brigitte Bardot, Jane Fonda and Sylvia Kristel (the divine muse who played the role of Emmanuelle), to mention only a few. A veritable ode to beauty and glamour, Jackin's universe is embodied in the sensuality of black and white photography, as captivating as the piercing gazes of his models. Jaeckin sketches a graphic man, a director of images, considered a disrupter of consciences, an agitator of morals. He proclaims an "aesthetic beauty", where women can finally embody themselves through a free and uninhibited sexuality.
"If I could, I'd say I have a bit of the Japanese approach: go for the purest line, the simplest thing. The simpler it is, the more beautiful it is. There's nothing more beautiful than a beautiful square, a beautiful round. I love things that have a linear power."
Quotation from Just Jaeckin
Born August 8, 1940 in Vichy, France
At the age of 18, it was during his military service in the Algerian war that he became a war photographer. On his return to France in the early 60s, he continued his photographic career with the women's press, specializing in fashion photography. In 1974, the photographer added another string to his bow and turned to directing when a producer asked him to adapt Emmanuelle Arsan's 1959 erotic bestseller for the screen. The film Emmanuelle was released on June 26, 1974. The film's immense success brought Just Jaeckin immediate notoriety in France and abroad. In Paris, the film ran for thirteen years on the Champs-Elysées. For more than a decade, Just Jaeckin devoted himself to erotic films, shooting Histoire d'O, Madame Claude, Girls and Lady Chatterley's Lover... In 1984, he made his last film, Gwendoline, in which he directed Zabou Breitman and Bernadette Lafont, mixing adventure, eroticism and fantasy. Thereafter, he devoted himself to sculpture in his workshops near L'Aigle in the Orne region of Normandy. A passion he shares with his wife, with whom he inaugurates the Anne et Just Jaeckin art gallery in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. The couple then opened a new art gallery near Saint-Briac in Brittany, where they owned a residence. On September 6, 2022, he died at the age of 82 in Brittany.