"Jean-Luce is what the Japanese call a Master in his work"
Jean-Luce began photographing the Paris fashion scene in the sixties. His photographs appeared in Women's Wear Daily and W from 1966 to 1975. His collaboration with The New York Times began in 1969 and continued for forty years. During this period, when designers were turning the fashion world on its head, he enjoyed a unique access to the fashion culture.
Suzy Menkes writes in the International New York Times: ‘Jean-Luce has compiled an extraordinary record of fashion in the second half of the 20th century. Think of it as a treasure chest, containing the key to fashion history.’
La Maison Européenne de la Photographie organized an exposition of his photography: 'Fashion Forever' during Le Mois de la Photo in Paris. In 2009 he was awarded Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.
Jean-luce's photographs appear in the following books:
CHLOE, Edition Rissoli, LOULOU, Edition Rissoli, MADAME GRES, Edition Musée Galliera, SHOW TIME, Edition Musée Galliera, Histoire Idéale de la Mode Contemportaine, Edition Musée des Arts Décoratifs, SHOCK WAVE Japanese Fashion Design, Denver Art Museum catalogue.
His photos have also appeared in Life, Time, Newsweek, Town and Country, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Enquirer, San Francisco Chronicle; American, Russian, Italian and English Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Le Figaro, Stern, Der Spiegel, La Stampa.
At 8 years old Jean-Luce was already photographing musician friends of his mother, a concert pianist, with the Kodak Brownie she had given him. Ten years later when Louis Armstrong was in Paris playing at the Olympia Theatre, Jean-luce would not let the announcement: 'no photographers' discourage him from knocking on the door of the great trumpeters dressing room. The next morning on the front page of the daily newspaper there was the great trumpeter smiling at Jean-luce's camera, the signature white handkerchief tied crown-like on his head. Photos of Yehudi Menuhin, Pablo Casals, Maria Callas, Sviatoslav Richter, Rostropovich, Duke Ellington, Erroll Garner, Dizzy Gillespy, followed. And then he discovered la mode.