Jean Clemmer 1926-2001

Jean Clemmer
Jean Clemmer was a Swiss Born Photographer who gained his fame in France.

Clemmer is most celebrated for his photographs made for a collaborative book with fashion designer Paco Rabanne entiled in French Nue and issued in an English version as Candies. Clemmer's depiction of nude or semi clothed women are some of the iconic fashion photographs of the late 1960s

Clemmer is also celebrated for his photographs of Salvador Dali.


Jean Clemmer was born in Neuchatel in Switzerland in March 1926. He arrived eleven months after his brother Andre. Unacademic, Clemmer was more interested in art and music .


Clemmer entered the Ecole des Beaux Arts Chaux-de-Fonds, leaving four years later with a degree in jewellery, while working on personal research around the painting, drawing, decoration.


Swiss Military service and then three week periods of service until 1963. After leaving the military service, he settled for some time Geneva where he was designer of the Grand Theatre, but he dreamed of going to Paris.


Moved to Paris, where he established friendships with Cocteau, Zadkine, Louise Vilmorin, Jacques Fath and Marcel Rochas . His style, sophistication and humor opened doors for him.
He creates designs for furniture, blankets and books, and held exhibitions of drawings and paintings.


Death of his parents.


Marriage to Irene Letourneau.


Became interested in photography, and set up his studio, 9, Place de la Madeleine, 8th Floor.
Chance meeting with Salvador Dali, results in friendship, photographs and plans a short film "The Divine Dali".
Meets Paco Rabanne, a young dressmaker, with whom he publishes in 1969 a book "NAKED". The book of nude and semi clad women clothed and styled by Paco Rabanne include Jean Clemmer's most famous and iconic photographs.


Canon award. Exhibitions in Paris, then Amsterdam and Tokyo.

Early 1980s

Leaves the Square Madeleine, but finds a charming Rue Barbette studio in the Marais, near the Rue Sevigne.
Various exhibitions including Espace Dali Montmartre,Paris, and Washington, USA.

Late 198Os

From the late 1980s until the end of his life, works on a series of photographs under the title, "Metamorphoses" are superimposed, creating superimposed images that reuse earlier photographs.

Died 2001

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