About Renée Jacobs
“Hi VOLO Readers!
LA based nudes photographer Renée Jacobs is one of the most published artists working with the female form today.
Esteemed Berlin publisher Galerie Vevais just published her new book of Paris nudes,“RENÉE JACOBS’ PARIS,” shot while she travelled back and forth extensively to Paris over the last 3 years.
Renée’s nudes are revolutionary…a woman looking at women in a way that is both reminiscent of Helmut Newton but more intimate. RENÉE JACOBS’ PARIS is the perfect blending of Jacobs’ erotic message about the sexual power of women and an homage to the city where everything sensual seems possible.
As the publisher wrote, “This book is the very example of a photographer of the fe- male nude who has a social vision, a vision of freedom, secrets, desires, fantasies, dreams and liberty.
Her art- her entire purpose–is to make a collaborative project, a project for her models, as well–models she knows well, not anonymous models for a database or an agency.” Renowned photographer Jock Sturges, who edited and sequenced Jacobs’ last monograph with Galerie Vevais, “Wekrdruck”, wrote “Renée’s pictures have a combination of intensity and honesty that I don’t often encounter.
These images aren’t a symptom of her thinking; they’re a sypmtom of her life. She’s making the pictures because she wants to keep them fixed in her head and heart for all time.”
As Professor John Wood wrote about the revolutionary nature of Renée’s photos in his introduction to PARIS,“The quality I am perhaps most touched by in Jacobs’ art is its charm, a charm which has its own magic, its own narcotic allure…The joy sings through Jacobs’ lens.”
Professor Wood compares Jacobs to such revolutionary artists as Tamara de Lempicka and indeed, Jacobs’ influences clearly include the vast collection of women artists who re-defined creative freedom for women on the Left Bank in the 1920s.
Renée’s background is as fascinating as her work. Born and raised in Philadelphia, her first photo book, “Slow Burn: A Photodocument of Centralia, Pennsyvlania” was published in 1986 by University of Pennsylva- nia Press.
She was an award winning photojournalist freelancing for The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine and many others when she was given a full scholarship to study law because of “Slow Burn.” As a result, she became a constitutional and employment lawyer in state and federal court for many years, handling employment, First Amendment and gay rights cases. After being downsized a few years ago, she returned to photography and turned her lens to the female nude.
Renée was awarded the 2008 International Photogra- phy Award for Fine Art Nude (the Lucies). Her book launch party in Paris in May was a huge success and she has upcoming exhibits and book launch parties for the PARIS book in Tokyo, Bangkok, South Korea, Taiwan and LA. Magazines all around the world have featured her work…”
Find her work at http://www.reneejacobs.com
Find her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/reneejacobsphoto