“The back is beautiful”: classic photos of women from their best side

“The back is beautiful”: classic photos of women from their best side

In 1984 a small edition compilation of images of Ganlu Sieff called “Back is beautiful”. Reviewing black-and-white wizard, we were inspired to collect the publication works by Sieff and his colleagues, in which the most attractive way sealed female back and even more.Photographer Ganlu Sieff, recognized as one of the greatest talents in photography over the past half century have left an undeniable imprint on his contemporaries and influenced a subsequent generation of colleagues. His work covers a variety of genres, ranging from fashion, Nudes and portrait photography to landscape and reportage photography. But in this article we want to note his selection of images, released in 1984 called “Back is beautiful”. One of the works adorning the magazine, became the poster of the exhibition held in 2019 in the House-the Bourdelle Museum in Paris. The organizers called it “the Back party – fashion from the back” and devoted, as a garment beautifies, hides and bares the back.Not only Sieff find female back touching attractive and sensual. In our collection images professionals and recognized classics of photography, attracting no less attention and interest than traditional full-face image.

On the balcony. Author Patrick Lichfield
On the balcony. Author Patrick Lichfield

Author Stefan Rappo
Author Stefan Rappo

Author Hans Foyer
Author Hans Foyer

Author Horst P. Horst
Author Horst P. Horst

Girl with a bouquet. Author Hans Foyer
Girl with a bouquet. Author Hans Foyer

Model in a red dress. Posted by Sarah Moon
Model in a red dress. Posted by Sarah Moon

Author Coat of Arms Ritz
Author Coat of Arms Ritz

Author Jean-Francois Jonville
Author Jean-Francois Jonville

Author Isabelle Munoz
Author Isabelle Munoz

Posted by Lilian Bassman
Posted by Lilian Bassman

Author Mark Olic
Author Mark Olic

Author Ralph Crane
Author Ralph Crane

Author Rene Grobley
Author Rene Grobley

Author Ruth Orkin
Author Ruth Orkin

Barbara Mullen, New York, 1951. Author Richard Avedon
Barbara Mullen, New York, 1951. Author Richard Avedon

Wicky Dugan on the street. Author Ralph Crane
Wicky Dugan on the street. Author Ralph Crane

Wicky Dugan by the pool. Author Ralph Crane
Wicky Dugan by the pool. Author Ralph Crane

Wicky Dugan. Author Ralph Crane
Wicky Dugan. Author Ralph Crane

Woman in white. Posted by Lilian Bassman
Woman in white. Posted by Lilian Bassman

Giselle Posted by Mario Testino
Giselle Posted by Mario Testino

Corset. Author Horst P. Horst
Corset. Author Horst P. Horst

Christy Turlington. Author Patrick Demarchelier
Christy Turlington. Author Patrick Demarchelier

Model in a white dress. Author Pamela Hanson
Model in a white dress. Author Pamela Hanson

On the stairs. Auto Ellen von Unvert
On the stairs. Auto Ellen von Unvert

On the beach. Author Marco Glaviano
On the beach. Author Marco Glaviano

On the beach. Author Ellen von Unvert
On the beach. Author Ellen von Unvert

Audrey Hepburn, 1949. Author Horst P. Horst
Audrey Hepburn, 1949. Author Horst P. Horst

The dress was unfastened. Author Jean-Francois Jonville
The dress was unfastened. Author Jean-Francois Jonville

Ruth von Morgen, Berlin, 1934. Author Marianne Breslauer
Ruth von Morgen, Berlin, 1934. Author Marianne Breslauer

Cindy Crawford Author Marco Glaviano
Cindy Crawford Author Marco Glaviano

Stephanie, Harbor Island, Italian Vogue, 1991. Posted by Pamela Hanson
Stephanie, Harbor Island, Italian Vogue, 1991. Posted by Pamela Hanson

Tango. Author Isabelle Munoz
Tango. Author Isabelle Munoz

Shadow and Light, 1984. Written by Jeanlu Sieff
Shadow and Light, 1984. Written by Jeanlu Sieff

Near the window. Posted by Lilian Bassman
Near the window. Posted by Lilian Bassman

Black Corset, 1947. Author Horst P. Horst
Black Corset, 1947. Author Horst P. Horst

"Provocation", 1969. Author Daido Moriyama
"Provocation", 1969. Author Daido Moriyama

Author Willy Roni
Author Willy Roni

Author Vincent van de Vignard
Author Vincent van de Vignard

Author Vincent Peters
Author Vincent Peters

Author John Swannell
Author John Swannell

Posted by David Yarrow
Posted by David Yarrow

Author Jeanlu Sieff
Author Jeanlu Sieff

Author Jean-Philippe Peter
Author Jean-Philippe Peter

Author Marco Glaviano
Author Marco Glaviano

Author Patrick Lichfield
Author Patrick Lichfield

Author Ruth Bernhard
Author Ruth Bernhard

Posted by Christian Coigny
Posted by Christian Coigny

Bethany, London. Author Vincent Peters
Bethany, London. Author Vincent Peters

In the sand. Author Jeanlu Sieff
In the sand. Author Jeanlu Sieff

Astride a horse. Author Marco Glaviano
Astride a horse. Author Marco Glaviano

Model Marpessa in bed, Amsterdam, 1990. Author Ferdinando Shanna
Model Marpessa in bed, Amsterdam, 1990. Author Ferdinando Shanna

Model on the escalator. Author Patrick Lichfield
Model on the escalator. Author Patrick Lichfield

On the bed. Author Jean-Francois Jonville
On the bed. Author Jean-Francois Jonville

On a rocky shore. Posted by Christian Coigny
On a rocky shore. Posted by Christian Coigny

After shower. Posted by Christian Coigny
After shower. Posted by Christian Coigny

Hayloft. Author Marco Glaviano
Hayloft. Author Marco Glaviano

Seated nude. Posted by Christian Coigny
Seated nude. Posted by Christian Coigny

Black Dress, Paris, 1985. By Jeanlu Sieff
Black Dress, Paris, 1985. By Jeanlu Sieff

Hilda in a tight dress. Paris, 1995. By Jeanlu Sieff
Hilda in a tight dress. Paris, 1995. By Jeanlu Sieff

The back is beautiful, Paris, 1985. By Jean-Claude Sieff
The back is beautiful, Paris, 1985. By Jean-Claude Sieff

The involuntary provocation of a woman, Paris, 1978. Author Jeanlu Sief
The involuntary provocation of a woman, Paris, 1978. Author Jeanlu Sief

“The Back of Astrid,” Palm Beach, 1964. By Jeanlu Sieff
“The Back of Astrid,” Palm Beach, 1964. By Jeanlu Sieff