Edward Quinn, born 1920 in Ireland, lived and worked as a photographer from the 1950's on the Côte d'Azur. During the "golden fifties" this was the playground of celebrities from the world of show biz, art and business. The rich and the famous came to the Riviera to relax. But the movie stars knew how much their off-screen image counted and Quinn was at the right place at the right time and was able to get spontaneous and enchanting images which catch the charm, sophistication and chic of a legendary era.
Amongst a great number of celebrities captured on film by Quinn may be mentioned Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot, Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, Aristoteles Onassis, Maria Callas, Winston Churchill, Somerset Maugham.
In 1951 Edward Quinn met and photographed Pablo Picasso for the first time. Their friendship lasted until Picasso's death in 1973. This encounter with Picasso was to be greatly influential to Quinn himself and to his subsequent work. Quinn is the author of several books and films about Picasso.
The success of his work on Picasso led Quinn to collaborate with more artists, which resulted in four more books- Max Ernst (1976); Graham Sutherland, complete graphic work, 1922-1978 (1978); George Baselitz (1988) and George Baselitz - Eine fotografische Studie (1993). In the late 80's an intense relationship, similar to his friendship with Picasso, linked Quinn to Georg Baselitz. Since the 60s Quinn concentrated his work on artists, amongst them Max Ernst, Alexander Calder, Francis Bacon, Salvador Dali, Graham Sutherland, David Hockney.
Since 1992 until his death in 1997, Edward Quinn lived near Zurich with his late Swiss wife, Gret.