on 11 December 2010
Sieff is one of our leading photographers of the female form, clothed or unclothed, and this volume of monochrome studies is a fine example of his craft. He manages to pose his young ladies in such highly varied ways that allows their natural beauty and erotic femininity to emerge strongly, but always subtly, and without the 'girlie' coyness endemic to commercial. Props and clothing are always elegant and well-chosen to complement the erotic content of images. The image sequence is punctuated by a number of insightful observations by Sieff, my favourite being 'An image has to be "beautiful" to be effective', a thought that is simple at first sight but whose tautological implications allow a few moments contemplation. An excellent, well produced collection.