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Denis Piel (French, b.1944)
LOT ID: 77186
Uma Thurman-1BW, NYC, 1986

Chromogenic Print (C-print)
17 х 14 in. (43.18 x 35.56 cm.)
Signed, titled, Uma Thurman-1BW, NYC, 1986, edition c-print edition, 7/50
Print/Casting Year 1987
Edition 7/50
Lot description
Uma Thurman shot for Italian Vogue 1987 perfume story
Some of the very first images of Uma before she became (known) an actress.

Born France 1944, raised in Australia, worked internationally based out of New York, and now lives in the southwest of France. Denis Piel earned an international reputation for his beauty, fashion, and celebrity photographs for magazines such as US, German, Italian, French and English Vogues, Vanity Fair, Self and GQ. He is also well known for directing stylish commercials, and has won many international awards, including the coveted Leica Award of Excellence (1986-87) for his contributions to commercial photography.

His subjects have included, among many others, Geena Davis, Nastasia Kinski, andi McDowell, Darryl Hannah, Isabella Rosellini, Goldie Hawn, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lillian Gish, Donald Sutherland, Jeanne Moreau, and Uma Thurman, Brian de Palma, Sherry Lansing, Mario Cuomo, Joan Didion, Erica Jong, Man Ray, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Mark Morris, and Merce Cunningham. His advertising clients have included Anne Klein, Revlon, L'oréal, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Fortune, Sheraton, Guerlain, Helena Rubenstein, Bergdorf Goodman, Ultima, Estée Lauder, Max Factor, Elizabeth Arden, Chanel, and others.

In the mid 1990s, Piel devoted himself to his personal film and photography projects, Love is Blind, Premier Oeil, Platescapes and Facescapes. Denis Piel’s photos are in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as in numerous private collections.
Uma by Denis Piel
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