Edward Quinn "Celebrity Pets"

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  • 978-3-8327-9876-5
A worthy follow-up to Edward Quinn’s successful titles,  Stars and Cars of the 50s... more
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  • A worthy follow-up to Edward Quinn’s successful titles, Stars and Cars of the 50s and Riviera Cocktail
  • Irish-born Edward Quinn (1920–1997) photographed all the great stars of his time, from Salvador Dalí and Audrey Hepburn to Alfred Hitchcock
  • A unique treat for both animal lovers and fans of the glamorous stars of the 1950s and 1960s
  • With an introduction by Dennis Turner, director of the Institute for Applied Ethology and Animal Psychology in Horgen, Switzerland
  • Exhibition at Photography Monika Mohr Gallery in Hamburg, October 6th, 2014 till February 3rd, 2015

Edward Quinn’s debut as a professional photojournalist was at an equestrian show jumping competition in Nice, France. This initiation established two constants of the Irish photographer’s (1920–1997) work: the Côte d’Azur as a setting and animals as a subject. The French Riviera of the 1950s and 60s was a veritable El Dorado. Quinn’s wife, Gret, once said of this golden age, “In the fifties, looking around on the Riviera, you thought everyone was beautiful and happy.” Edward Quinn captured the shining stars of the day—everyone from Grace Kelly to Salvador Dalí—on film, preserving the magic of those boom years for future generations. Equipped with his Leica and an excellent eye, “Edward Quinn brought artistry to celebrity photos,” as People Magazine once wrote about him. Celebrities, both now and in the glamorous 1950s and 60s, tend to look shy, stilted, and intent on keeping their guard up when photographed. But not with Quinn. How did he get such impressively authentic portraits of his subjects? His discreet and gentle manner certainly helped, as did his trick of shooting stars with their pets. Celebrity Pets proves this tactic was a huge success. In the presence of their beloved pets, the stars are incredibly approachable and natural, whether it is Picasso romping with his dogs Kabul and Lump, or writer Somerset Maugham on all fours playing with his Pekingese Chin. We see Prince Rainer using a tiger as an icebreaker with Grace Kelly, and mixed-breed dog Guapa where every man dreamed of being: in bed with Brigitte Bardot.


Hardcover with jacket, 10 5/6 x 13 3/8 in.

160 pp, 126 b/w photographs

ISBN: 978-3-8327-9876-5

Text: German, English and French

Edward Quinn *February 20, 1920, Dublin, Ireland | †January 30, 1997, Altendorf, Switzerland Edward Quinn, who grew up in Ireland, practiced in various professions after school. Neither the partial monotonous work as a metal worker, nor the creative musician seemed to please him. He worked as a radionavigator for airlines before he discovered his heart for photography in the 1950s. In the Irish Independent, he published his first photo in 1950 showing an Irish horse winning a horse race in Nice. For the next few years, the French Riviera remained a food point and its favorite motif. Here celebrities and the high society frolicked. With his charming, friendly manner he gained confidence in the often unapproachable personalities. His recordings portray a glamorous and cheerful society, which after the years of the war is free and undisputed. Often it is the quite informal moments, which Quinn skillfully sets in scene and thus not necessarily the star, but the man offsets. Quinn was never the paparazzi photographer, but rather interested in the artistic talent he felt connected to. In 1951 he met Pablo Picasso, to whom he used a long and close friendship. Many of the most important portraits of Picasso come from Edward Quinn's hand. He published a total of four books and filmed three films about his longtime friend Picasso. At the beginning of the 1990s Quinn left the French Riviera to move to Switzerland to the family of his wife Gret Sulser, who was born in Zurich (married 1952). A few years later, he died at the age of 77.  ... mehr