Sarah Moon began photographing behind the scenes at fashion shows in the 1960s while working as model in London. Her work quickly evolved, and soon Moon’s uniquely stylized images were in demand and she found herself fully immersed in photography, shooting for famous magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle. She also began to make photographs outside the commercial world. When asked what she finds most fascinating about photography, Moon states: "I think the relationship between photography and time, the constant allusion to loss, to memory, to death . . . that strange alchemy between desire and chance. It's what my father called ‘wishful thinking.’" This strange alchemy is what allows her work to transform reality. Sarah Moon’s The Garden possesses profound beauty and elegance that can only be described as sublime. Transcendent of the physical world, her work flirts with the tenets of surrealism. Moon allows her viewer to be privy to a place where time is static, and memory is an indelible mark upon a dislocated landscape.
Sarah Moon was born in England in 1940 to French parents. Her work is held in numerous museum collections, including the Centre George Pompidou, Paris; George Eastman House, Rochester, N.Y.; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; and Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Her books include Improbable Memories (1980), Little Red Riding Hood (1986), Vrais Semblants (1991), Inventario 1985-1997 (1997), Photo Poche 78: Sarah Moon (1998) and 1,2,3,4,5 (2008). In 1979 Moon began experimenting with making short films and was awarded the Grand Prix Lion d'Or at Cannes that same year. In 1995 she made a documentary film about the photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. Her film Le Montreur d’Images, about her husband, the legendary publisher Robert Delpire, was shown at Aperture Gallery as part of the 2012 exhibition Delpire & Co.
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