Norman Seeff - Robert Mapplethorpe & Patti Smith, NY Robert & Patti II
Norman Seeff
Robert & Patti II, Robert Mapplethorpe & Patti Smith, NY
Archival Pigment Photograph on Entrada Rag Paper
1969, printed 2014
28 x 42 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 50) on recto by artist.

Norman Seeff - Jeans & Keds, The Ramones, Los Angeles, CA
Norman Seeff
Jeans & Keds, The Ramones, Los Angeles, CA
Archival Pigment Photograph
1977, printed 2015
Image: 15 x 22 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 50) on recto.

Norman Seeff - Ray Charles Classic
Norman Seeff
Ray Classic, Ray Charles, Los Angeles
Archival Pigment Photograph on Entrada Rag Paper
1985, printed 2014
Paper: 38 x 50 inches, Image: 28 x 42 inches

Signed and numbered 24/50 on recto by artist.

Norman Seeff - Mick Jagger - Los Angeles - Mick Saluting
Norman Seeff
Mick Saluting, Mick Jagger, Los Angeles
Archival Pigment Photograph on Entrada Rag Paper
1972, printed 2014
41 1/2 x 28 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 50) on recto by artist.

Norman Seeff - Keith Classic, Keith Richards, Los Angeles
Norman Seeff
Keith Classic, Keith Richards, Los Angeles
Archival Pigment Photograph on Entrada Rag Paper
1972, printed 2014
41 1/2 x 28 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 50) on recto by artist.

Norman Seeff - Steve Jobs Woodside, Mac on Lap Bel Air
Norman Seeff
Mac on Lap Bel Air, Steve Jobs, Woodside, CA
Archival Pigment Photograph on Entrada Rag Paper
1984, printed 2014
Paper: 38 x 50 inches, Image: 28 x 42 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 50) on recto by artist.

Norman Seeff - Steve Jobs, Cupertino, Striped Sweater Classic
Norman Seeff
Striped Sweater Classic, Steve Jobs, Cupertino, CA
Archival Pigment Photograph on Entrada Rag Paper
1984, printed 2014
Paper: 38 x 50 inches, Image: 28 x 42 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 50) on recto by artist.

Norman Seeff - Bel Air Sequence, Tina Turner, LA
Norman Seeff
Bel Air Sequence, Tina Turner, Los Angeles, CA
Archival Pigment Photograph
1983, printed 2015
Image: 27 x 66 inches, paper: 30 x 73 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 50) on recto.

Norman Seeff - Frank Zappa, Los Angeles, Frank Classic
Norman Seeff
Frank Classic, Frank Zappa, Los Angeles
Archival Pigment Photograph on Entrada Rag Paper
1976, printed 2014
Paper: 38 x 50 inches, Image: 28 x 42 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 50) on recto by artist.

Norman Seeff - Rolling Stones, In Exile
Norman Seeff
Rolling Stones, In Exile
Archival Pigment Photograph on Entrada Rag Paper
1971, printed 2014
Paper: 44 x 65 inches, Image: 40 x 60 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 50) on recto by artist.

Norman Seeff - Robert Mapplethorpe & Patti Smith, Mine
Norman Seeff
Mine, Robert Mapplethorpe & Patti Smith, New York
Archival Pigment Photograph on Entrada Rag Paper
1969, printed 2015
Paper: 50 x 38 inches, Image: 42 x 28 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 50) on recto by artist.

Norman Seeff - James Taylor,  Martha's Vineyard, James with Tools
Norman Seeff
James with Tools, James Taylor, Martha's Vineyard
Archival Pigment Photograph on Entrada Rag Paper
1969, printed 2014
Paper: 38 x 50 inches, Image: 28 x 42 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 50) on recto by artist.

Norman Seeff - Joni Mitchell, Los Angeles, Joni Hejira
Norman Seeff
Joni Hejira, Joni Mitchell, Los Angeles
Archival Pigment Photograph on Entrada Rag Paper
1969, printed 2014
Paper: 38 x 50 inches, Image: 28 x 42 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 50) on recto by artist.

Norman Seeff - Sleepy John Estes, Memphis
Norman Seeff
Sleepy John, Sleepy John Estes, Memphis
Archival Pigment Photograph on Entrada Rag Paper
1975, printed 2014
Paper: 38 x 50 inches, Image: 28 x 42 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 50) on recto by artist.

Norman Seeff has over the past 45 years been a photographer and filmmaker that has captured many of the world’s most recognizable faces— from Ray Charles and Carly Simon to Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol—in their most unguarded moments. The authenticity of his images reflects his skills as a communicator and his ability to create an environment for artists and innovators conducive to the revelation of how they function creatively. He documents the creative process and in doing so captures the passion and essence of the creators.

Norman Seeff was born March 5, 1939 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Seeff graduated with honors in science and art at King Edward VII School in Johannesburg. At the age of 17, he was drafted as the youngest player in the South African national soccer league. Seeff qualified as a medical doctor in 1965. For three years he worked in emergency medicine at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto focusing on the management of traumatic shock. In 1969, he immigrated to the United States to pursue his creative passions and artistic abilities.

Soon after arriving in New York, Seeff’s photographs of the people he encountered on the streets of Manhattan were discovered by the famed graphic designer, Bob Cato. Cato introduced Seeff to the world of album cover design and his first major photographic assignment for The Band brought him immediate recognition. His early work also includes images of Robbie Robertson, Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol as well as other New York personalities. In 1971, Seeff spent a year as Professor of Photography at Bennington College in Vermont.

In 1972, on the recommendation of Cato, Seeff relocated to Los Angeles to become creative director of United Artists Records where his work in design and photography received multiple Grammy Award nominations. Three years later, he opened an independent studio on Sunset Boulevard. His photographic sessions soon became legendary and attracted audiences of 30-40 at each session, swelling to over 200 on some occasions. A combination of actor’s workshop and a celebration of creative spontaneity, Seeff’s sessions were emotionally engaging experiences that resulted in many iconic images with leading artists and innovators of the time.

Seeff’s creative interaction with artists inspired him to film his sessions beginning with an Ike & Tina Turner session in 1975. Using the photo session as a vehicle for exploring the inner dynamics of the creative process with artists at work, Seeff has continued this process for over 3½ decades. His film and tape archive of more than 400 shoots with musical artists, film directors, authors, television personalities, scientists, visionaries and entrepreneurs provides a unique insight of artists and innovators in the act of creation.

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