Sylvie Blum
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There are many multi-talented individuals in the art world: authors who take incredible photographs, actors who are extraordinary directors. There are doctors and architects who become acclaimed writers, and poets who create cinematographic masterpieces. But it is rarely heard that a model has notably excelled in artistry.

Sylvie Blum (*1967 in Taxenbach Austria) is the exception. She learned her photographic technique from her husband, the erotic photographer Günter Blum. From his death onwards, she went about changing her perspective by standing behind the camera. Her first published attempt was an ambitious series of self-portraits featuring the narcissistic title “Venus selbst (Venus herself).” It was a kind of self-observation before entering into dialogue with other models. Thereafter she threw herself into a relished obsession and experimented with models, styles, light and space.

In 1998, fascinated by artistic nudes, as they were so perfectly presented in the 1930’s by photographic legends such as George Hoyningen-Huene or Horst P. Horst, Sylvie Blum started creating body fragments, photographic torsos that attain an almost sculptural impression in the artistic lighting and delicate gradation of gray tones. However, the sources of her inspiration are far more varied. Photographs from her bewitching photo series Nudes, which revealed the spectrum of her work, emerged out of Miami, Berlin, Los Angeles and Mallorca.

Whether on the trail of Bruce Weber, Leni Riefenstahl or Herbert List, her images all have something in common. Sylvie Blum gives them something modern and perfects the fine art of the erotic with the utmost aesthetic quality. In a few years, advanced by her exceptional biography, she has found her spot in contemporary photography. “When you think erotica, do you think Sylvie Blum?” asks British Maxim, followed immediately by the answer. “Ol’ Auntie Sylvie is the Ansel Adams of the nude female form.”
1967born in Austria
since 1984work as a model and muse with famous photographers like Guenter Blum, Luciene Glerque, Andreas Bitesnich, Conrad Godly, Jan Sudek, Jeanloup Sieff, Martin Pudenz, Abe Freyndlich and many more
1988examination at grammar school, college of arts Mannheim
1990college of arts Trier, Germany
1992art director pr-agency Mannheim, Germany
1995married with photographer Guenter Blum
1998curator of worlwide exhibitions and bookpublications by Guenter Blums work
1999turned to photography
2001different productions in Miami and Los Angeles, USA
2002work for international magazines
2003worked in South Africa and China
2004worked in Australia and Thailand
2005moved from Germany to USA
works in lives in Los Angeles, USA

Collections (Selection)

comet collection, Collogne, Germany
camera work, Berlin, Germany
boonchai artmuseum, Bangkog, Thailand
vedder collection, Miami, USA
j.p morgan, Texas, USA
google, L.A., USA

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)

2006"nudes" artfair L.A. by modernbook gallery, collectors party standart hotel hollywood
2005"nudes" San Francisco artfair by moderbook gallery USA
"erotik" modernbook gallery, Palo Alto, USA
2004"nudes" orangerie Grosskarlbach, Germany
2003"nudes" and "hotel orient" Galerie Ricarda Fox, Essen, Germany
2002"nudes" the gep gallery Amsterdam, The Netherlands
"hotel orient" lustschloss, Vienna, Austria
2001"Sylvie Blum photographs" Galerie im Weldeturm Schwetzingen, Germany
2000 "Venus selbst" ziresch art consult gallery Karlsruhe, Germany

Group Exhibitions (Selection)


artfair cologne, Germany

the gep group, The Netherlands
artfair frankfurt, Germany
Galerie im Turm, Germany
clean fine art, Munich, Germany
camera work Berlin & Hamburg, Germany

Books/Catalogs (Selection)

2004"m like male-nudes", edition Braus/label, Germany

"nudes", edition Braus/label, Germany

"hotel orient", edition Braus/label, Germany

"unpublished", by Günter Blum edition Braus/label, Germany

2000"Venus selbst", edition braus/label, Germany

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