Edward Quinn

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Edward Quinn (1920–1997) was born in Ireland. He lived and worked as a photographer from the 1950s, on the Côte d'Azur, during the "golden fifties" the playground of the celebrities from the world of show biz, art and business.

The rich and the famous came to the French Riviera to relax. But the movie stars knew how much their off-screen image counted; Quinn was at the right place at the right time, making spontaneous images which caught their charm, sophistication and chic. Amongst celebrities captured on film by Quinn were Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot, Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Winston Churchill, and 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.

Since the 1960s Quinn concentrated his work on artists, amongst them Max Ernst, Alexander Calder, Francis Bacon, Salvador Dalí, Graham Sutherland, David Hockney.

In the late 1980s an intense relationship, similar to his friendship with Picasso, linked Quinn to Georg Baselitz.

From 1992 until his death in 1997, Edward Quinn lived near Zürich with his Swiss wife Gret, who died in 2011. Quinn's nephew Wolfgang Frei now manages the extensive photo archive and founded the Edward Quinn Archive Ltd.


  • 2018: Picasso/Dominguin – une amitié. With 26 Photographs by Edward Quinn. Musée des Cultures Taurines, Nîmes
  • 2018: My Friend Picasso: 125 Photographs by Edward Quinn. Castletown House, Kildare, near Dublin, Ireland
  • 2018: Picasso e l'altra metà del cielo. With 80 Photographs by Edward Quinn. Apulia/Italy: Palazzo Tanzarella Ostuni
  • 2018: Edward Quinn – Mein Freund Picasso. 125 selten ausgestellte Fotografien. Kunstmuseum Picasso, Münster
  • 2018: Des Animaux et des Stars – Stars and Pets. Musée de la Gendarmerie et du Cinéma, Saint-Tropez
  • 2017: Edward Quinn - My Friend Picasso, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava: 125 Photos by Edward Quinn
  • 2017: Picasso and Maya. Father and Daughter. Gagosian Gallery. With 42 photos by Edward Quinn. (Group Exhibition)
  • 2017: Picasso sans cliché. Photographies d’Edward Quinn, Musée Picasso Antibes
  • 2016: Picasso's Picassos. Gagosian, Madison Av., New York (Group Exhibition)
  • 2016: Picasso, Regards croisés (Picasso, Fresh Perspectives), Château Palmer, Margaux, France
  • 2016: Edward Quinn - Stars & Cars, ArteF - Galerie für Kunstfotografie, Zurich
  • 2016: Pablo Picasso, Légende de l’art, Picasso Ceramics and 83 Edward Quinn Photos, Saint-Tropez, Salle Jean Despas
  • 2016: Picasso In China. Riverside Art Museum Beijing.
  • 2016: Picasso. Fenster zur Welt, Bucerius Kunstforum, Hamburg. (Group Exhibition)
  • 2015: Picasso in the Studio, Cahiers d’art, Paris. (Group Exhibition)
  • 2014: The Legend of Art, Picasso Exhibition, Shanghai, China
  • 2014: Picasso and the Camera, Curated By John Richardson. Gagosian Gallery New York. (Group Exhibition).
  • 2014: Grace Kelly, Princess and Style Icon, Paleis Het Loo, Apeldoorn Nl (Group Exhibition)
  • 2014: Edward Quinn: Stars in Cannes, Reygers Galerie für Photographie. Munich
  • 2014: Edward Quinn. Celebrity Pets, Photography Monika Mohr Galerie. Hamburg
  • 2014: Picasso: Ich sehe die Dinge In anderer Art. Grafische Werke Sammlung Boisserée. (Group Exhibition). Galerie Boisserée, Köln und Galerie Reithalle Paderborn
  • 2014: Sylvette, Sylvette, Sylvette. Picasso Und Das Modell. (Group Exhibition). Kunsthalle Bremen
  • 2013: Monaco fête Picasso. Picasso Côte d'Azur. (Group exhibition). Grimaldi Forum Monaco
  • 2013: Pablo Picasso: Arbeiten auf Papier. Edward Quinn Fotografien. Galerie des 20. Jahrhunderts, Basel
  • 2012: Edward Quinn. Pablo Picasso. Photography Monika Mohr Galerie, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2012: Ich und Ich und Ich. Photo Portraits of Picasso. (Group Exhibition). Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2012: Conmigo, Yo Mismo, Yo. Museo Picasso Malaga. Retratos fotográficos de Pablo Picasso. (Group Exhibition).
  • 2011: Memyselfand (Ich und Ich und Ich). Photo Portraits of Picasso. (Group Exhibition). Museum Ludwig, Köln
  • 2010: Edward Quinn – Riviera Cocktail. Leica Galerie Frankfurt. Rahn Foto & Fine Art
  • 2010: The Picasso Story. Humboldt Carrée, Berlin
  • 2009: Edward Quinn: Stars and Cars. ZeitHaus, Autostadt Wolfsburg.


  • Mein Freund Picasso. Wienand, Köln 2018
  • Picasso sans cliché. Hazan, Paris 2017
  • Celebrity Pets. teNeues 2014
  • Stars and Cars of the'50s. teNeues 2008
  • Riviera Cocktail. teNeues 2007
  • Stars, Stars, Stars... Off the Screen. Scalo, Zürich 1996.
  • Picasso in 3D. Thames and Hudson, London 1995.
  • Edward Quinn, Fotograf Nizza. Hrsg. v. Martin Heller. Scalo, Zürich 1994.
  • Georg Baselitz. Eine fotografische Studie von Edward Quinn. Benteli, Bern 1993.
  • Picasso. Mensch und Bild. Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart 1988.
  • The Private Picasso. Edward Quinn and Pierre Daix. Stuttgart, Paris, Boston 1987.
  • Picasso avec Picasso. Pierre Bordas Art XX éme 1987
  • Graham Sutherland, Complete Graphic Work. Roberto Tossi, Edward Quinn. Barcelona 1978.
  • Picasso. Photos 1951-1972. Barron’s, New York 1980.
  • Max Ernst. Atlantis, Zürich 1976
  • James Joyce’s Dublin. Secker and Warburg, London 1974.
  • Picasso at work. A photographic study. Text by Roland Penrose. New York 1964.
  • Picasso. Werk und Tage. Manesse, Zürich 1965.

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