Picasso, Friends and Family Photographs by Edward Quinn

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Edited by: Wolfgang Frei Texts by: Jean-Louis Andral, Edward Quinn Graphic Design: Kerstin Riedel English 2023, 232 Pages, 211 Ills. Hardcover 272mm x 262mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-5501-6
| An Intimate Portrait of Picasso

“He doesn’t bother me,” Picasso commented of the photographer Edward Quinn, after the latter had first photographed him at work in the ceramics studio in the early 1950s. This was undoubtedly one of the reasons why Quinn was allowed to accompany the artist with his Leica for over 20 years from 1951 onwards during his time on the Côte d’Azur: in the studio, in private with his family, with artist friends, at the bullfight, out and about, with lovers or simply at the hairdresser’s. The Quinn Archive holds a large stock of photographs of great intimacy, showing Picasso in everyday life and documenting his idiosyncratic character, his humor, and his enthusiasm in an amiable and light-hearted way. Edward Quinn did not use a tripod with his camera, nor did he illuminate the room artificially; his main concern was to capture genuine pictures. As a viewer, you find yourself on eye level with the protagonists. Almost like in the street photography we know today, there is a captivating sense of the casual moment. This book is a magical selection of photographs from Picasso’s everyday life and shows the famous artist in many unexpected situations.

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From 1949, EDWARD QUINN (1920, Dublin–1997, Altendorf/Switzerland) lived and worked on the Côte d’Azur as a press photographer for international magazines such as Life and Paris Match. During his 20-year friendship with Picasso, he took more than 12,000 photographs of the artist. From the 1960s onwards, Quinn concentrated his work entirely on the art scene, portraying the likes of Max Ernst, Alexander Calder, Francis Bacon, Salvador Dalí, Graham Sutherland, David Hockney and Georg Baselitz.