Born in Taxenbach, Austria, in 1967, Sylvie Blum and works in Los Angeles since 2007.
Alike many female counterparts such as Sarah Moon or Ellen Von Unwerth, Sylvie Blum’s first steps into the world of photography began in front of the lens as a model. Working in Europe for over ten years, Sylvie posed for esteemed photographers such as Helmut Newton, Jan Saudek, Lucien Clergue, Jeanloup Sieff, and Andreas Bitesnich. In 1991, Blum met photographer Günter Blum and became “his model, his muse, and in 1995, his wife”. By his side, Blum expanded and refined her understanding of light, composition, dark room techniques and other aspects of photography. After her husband’s long illness and death in 1997, Blum reconsidered her position towards the camera, bought a Polaroid SX-70 and initially started photographing herself. While willing to carry the legacy of Günter Blum, her experience as a model adds a unique and authentic depth to her images. Her subjects are both sensuous and playful, delicate and also remarkably strong and confident; there is a mutual sense of comfort and trust palpable in each image. Approaching the female nude as both a woman and an artist, Blum offers a fresh perspective on the classic female form.
Indeed, her style distinguishes itself from other nudes for it embraces the classic aesthetic of hard light, clean angles and strong graphic elements in order to resume to the female shape to overlapping and abstracted forms. Unsurprisingly, she has since gained international recognition for her fine art photographs (her entire “Big Cat “ series sold at Christies in 2014 for $ 120.000) and published several books (“Venus Selbst, (Venus Herself)” in 2000, “Nudes" and “Hotel Orient" in 2002”, “M, Like Male Nudes” in 2004 and more recently published “Naked Beauty” which is distributed worldwide by TeNeues. Aside from her personal body of work, Blum also regularly works for international magazines (PHOTO, Max, FHM, GQ, Réponses Photo, ProfiFoto, Stern, Playboy, etc.).
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