Edward Quinn, Photographer

The Edward Quinn Archive

Quotes

"Toi, tu sais faire un portrait (You know how to make a portrait).“
Picasso about Edward Quinn

„Lui, il ne me dérange pas." (He doesn’t disturb me.)
Picasso about Edward Quinn, 1951.

"It is my opinion that this absorbing book (James Joyce's Dublin) by Edward Quinn really captures the atmosphere, humour and essence of Joyce's Dublin. The pictures are fascinating and will certainly aid readers in getting a clearer insight and a fuller understanding of James Joyce's work.”
Samuel Beckett in James Joyce’s Dublin, London 1974.

"Meister der Leica"
Leica Fotografie 4/1966

“Edward Quinn brought artistry to celebrity photos.”
People Magazine, USA 1997.

“In so far as he composes his shots in the viewfinder and edits them in the printing process he is himself an artist, but he is never ‘arty’. He never loses sight of the fact that his job is to tell us about Picasso and not about himself. That he has been able to do this better than any other photographer is largely due to the fact that he won Picasso’s confidence from the start and with it the privilege of photographing him with almost complete freedom...”
TATLER - Robert Wraight, 5.5.65.

“The layman who reads this book will gain a greater insight into the creation of art than he ever believed he could attain. In photographs of superb character, etched in severe black and white or overflowing with marvellous colour, we see Picasso in a multiplieity of poses - but always using his genius to the fullest.”
COSMOPOLITAN - Feb. 1965.

“The greatest Spaniard of our time, Pablo Picasso, is revealed in great intimacy and clarity in “Picasso at Work”, a remarkable photographic record by Edward Quinn...”
LOS ANGELES TIMES - Dec. 1964.

“Picasso always welcomed the tall, slender irishman because for one, he never got in his way, and for two, he concentrated his shots and never took too many pictures... The result is a stunning book printed in Switzerland “Picasso at Work.”
NEW YORK HERALD TRlBUNE – Nov. 1965.

“The bar of the Grosvenor Hotel, near Westland Row Station, one of the many illustrations from “James Joyce’s Dublin”... The book matches excellent photographs of the city and its people, in both colour and black and white, by Edward Quinn, with appropriate passages from Joyce’s writings.”
THE IRISH TIMES – Oct. 1974

“The fiction and the reality; this photograph from ‘James Joyce’s Dublin’ by Edward Quinn reflects a phrase from ‘Dubliners’ - ‘a harpist stood in the roadway, playing to a little ring of listeners’. The book contains 125 such delightfully printed photographs.”
THE SUNDAY TIMES - November 1974.

“The mighty Quinn. The Côte d’Azur in the 1950s was one long, glamorous party for the stars. One man had unprecedented access to photograph them at play: Edward Quinn.”
The Sunday Times Magazine, March 11, 2007. UK

“It’s hard to imagine a modern equivalent of Edward Quinn’s photographs of celebrities holidaying on the French Riviera in the 50s.”
Guardian, April 5, 2007. UK

The Riviera – where the stars came out to shine – and charismatic photographer Edward Quinn was there to capture them. (…) Edward Quinn died in 1997 but his photos live on. Their charm lies in the capturing of unpoised glamour.”
Sunday Express, April 8, 2007. UK

“He introduced himself to Picasso in 1951, spawning a life-long friendship that allowed him to capture a seldom-seen private side of that very public genius.”
Men’s Vogue online

“Negli anni 50 la Costa Azzurra era un lungo, affascinante Party cielo aperto dove le star si davano appuntamento. A immortalarle, in bianco e nero, c’era Edward Quinn.”
Corriere della Sera Magazine 15/2007. Italy

“Autor de algunas de las imágenes mas icónicas del siglo XX, este voyeur irlandés que comenzó fotografiando barcos de guerra y pin ups playeras, supo captar la persona detrás de la fachada de glamour.”
Cinemania, April 2007. Spain

„Die Wiederentdeckung des grossen Fotografen Edward Quinn. (...) Die Leichtigkeit seiner Aufnahmen ist immer noch frappierend. Sie leuchten einfach, wie Märchenbilder aus einer goldenen Zeit.“
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 31. März 2007. Germany

„Picasso erkannte, wie gut er auf Quinns Bildern aussah und wie gut die Bilder gleichzeitig den Entstehungsprozess seiner Kunst einfingen. (....) Das Werk des vor zehn Jahren verstorbenen Edward Quinn ist ein grossartiges Panorama einer untergegangenen Epoche, die fortlebt, weil der Fotograf sie festgehalten hat.“
Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, 29.4.2007. Germany

„Bilder, die dem Betrachter das Gefühl geben, hinter der Star- und Hollywoodfassade die Privatperson zu erahnen.“
FOCUS online, 3.4.2007. Germany

„Quinn fand immer die Perspektive, an die die Meute nicht herankam. (...) Seine Star-Fotos der Golden Fifties sind Reisen in die grosse Glamourzeit der Riviera. (...) Quinns Picasso-Porträts sind selten eindringlich und ohne jede Eitelkeit. (...) Quinn hielt sich selbst einfach immer im Hintergrund – nur so konnte sein beeindruckendes Werk entstehen, das nun in „Riviera Cocktail“ wieder auflebt.“
Titel Thesen Temperamente. DasErste.de. 15.4.2007. (German Telvision)

„Mit grosser Geduld und viel Charme erschuf Quinn Fotografien, die heute ebenso bezaubern wie damals – wenn nicht mehr. (...) Sehr privat, beinahe intim wirken die Fotografien von Picasso, der keinen anderen so nah an sich heran liess wie Quinn. Ebenso wie der Künstler war Quinn ein Meister seines Fachs (...) Der Bildband aus dem teNeues-Verlag ist ein fotografischer Cocktail der besonderen Art, der nicht nur in Sommermonaten ein voller Genuss ist.“
MAX. www.max.de. April 07 Germany

„Grosse Fotos der Society der 50er-Jahre an der Cote d’Azur.“
InStyle, April 2007. Germany

„Er trug massgeblich zu unserem heutigen Bild der Zeit bei, als Taylor, Grant, Kelly, Kessler, Picasso, Churchill, Cooper und der seelige Rest in heiteren Nachkriegsjahren in Massen die Riviera bevölkerten.“
Booklet. Photographic Brainstorm. Issue 6. Germany

„Mittendrin der Ire Edward Quinn, der die Szene charmant und mit feiner Ironie dokumentiert. Unvergessen seine Fotografien der noch unbekannten Audrey Hepburn, Picasso, Gary Cooper sowie Grace Kellys erster Begegnung mit Fürst Rainier.“
Bolero, April 07. Switzerland


Header photo: Edward Quinn, Zurich 1983. © Eric Bachmann