Edward Quinn

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For the mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, see Edward W. Quinn.

Edward Quinn (Irish: Éamonn Ó Cuinn) (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.


  • 2014: Picasso: Ich sehe die Dinge in anderer Art. Grafische Werke Sammlung Boisserée. (Group exhibition). Galerie Reithalle Paderborn.
  • 2014: Sylvette, Sylvette, Sylvette. Picasso und das Modell. (Group exhibition). Kunsthalle Bremen
  • 2013: Stars by Edward Quinn. Zurich Film Festival exhibition
  • 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: MEMYSELFANDI (ICHUNDICHUNDICH) . 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.
  • 2009: Le Geste Picasso. (Group Exhibition). La Galerie d'art du Conseil Général des Bouches du Rhône, Aix en Provence.
  • 2009: Stars and Cars von Edward Quinn. Reygers Galerie für Photographie. Munich
  • 2009: Edward Quinn, Stars and Cars of the '50s. Photography Monika Mohr Galerie. Hamburg.
  • 2009: Pablo Picasso - Kreativität und Schaffensfreude. Clemens-Sels-Museum, Neuss/Germany
  • 2008: Golden Fifties - Photographien von Edward Quinn. Kunst im Palais am Lenbachplatz, Credit Suisse, Munich
  • 2008: Pigozzi and the Paparazzi with Salomon, Weegee, Galella and Quinn. (Group Exhibition). Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin
  • 2008: Edward Quinn. Riviera Cocktail. Suite 59, Maastricht/NL 2008
  • 2008: Edward Quinn - Riviera Cocktail. Ludwig Museum, Koblenz/Germany
  • 2008: Picasso & Women. (Group Exhibition). Arken Museum, DK
  • 2007: Edward Quinn – The Rich and Famous. Vintage and Later Prints. Galerie Boisserée, Koeln.
  • 2007: Ikonen der Leinwand. (Group Exhibition). Ernst Barlach Museum, Wedel, Germany
  • 2007: Edward Quinn. A day’s work. Vintage Prints. Michael Hoppen Gallery, London
  • 2007: Edward Quinn and Picasso, Paintings and Photos. Galerie Pels-Leusden, Zurich,
  • 2006: Edward Quinn - Riviera Cocktail. Galerie Abbt Projects, Zurich
  • 2006: Edward Quinn. Photographing Hollywood during the Golden Fifties on the French Riviera. Scalo Guye Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 2006: Edward Quinn, Riviera Cocktail. Die 50er-Jahre an der Côte d’Azur. Photography Monika Mohr Galerie, Hamburg, Germany


  • Celebrity Pets - On the French Riviera in the 50s and 60s. teNeues, Kempen 2008
  • Stars and Cars of the ‘50s. teNeues, Kempen 2008
  • Riviera Cocktail. teNeues, Kempen 2007.
  • Edward Quinn. Künstlerphotograph. Bahnhof Rolandseck. Stiftung Hans Arp und Sophie Taeuber-Arp e.V. 1998. Arp und Sophie Taeuber-Arp e.V. 1998.
  • Stars, Stars, Stars... Off the Screen. Scalo, Zürich 1996.
  • Picasso in 3D. Thames and Hudson, London 1995
  • Georg Baselitz. Konzept und Illustrationen von Edward Quinn. Hrsg. v. Andreas Franzke. München 1995.
  • Les objets Picasso. Assouline, Paris 1994./Picasso. Die Objekte. Brandstätter, Wien 1997.
  • Côte d’Azur Album. Scalo, Zürich 1994.
  • Edward Quinn, Fotograf Nizza. Hrsg. v. Martin Heller. Scalo, Zürich 1994.
  • Picasso Live. Vorw. Andreas Franzke. Hrsg. Stadt Karlsruhe.Städtische Galerie. Karlsruhe 1994
  • Georg Baselitz. Eine fotografische Studie von Edward Quinn. Benteli Bern 1993.
  • Georg Baselitz: Schöne und hässliche Porträts. Erika Rödiger-Diruf and Andreas Franzke, Peter Gorsen, Ulrich Weisner, Kevin Power, Eric Darragon. Illustrationen von Edward Quinn, hrsg. v. Stadt Karlsruhe – Städtische Galerie. Karlsruhe 1993.
  • Picasso. Mensch und Bild. Einleitung v. Pierre Daix, aus dem Französischen und Englischen v. Renate Renner. Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart 1988.
  • Riviera Cocktail. Die Goldenen Fünfziger an der Côte d’Azur. Herrsching 1980.
  • Graham Sutherland, Complete Graphic Work (1922 to 1978). Roberto Tossi, Edward Quinn. Barcelona 1978.
  • Max Ernst. Paris 1976
  • The Private Picasso. Edward Quinn, Pierre Daix. Stuttgart, Paris, Boston 1976.
  • Picasso de Draeger. Draeger, Paris 1975. (Deutsche Version Ullstein)
  • James Joyce’s Dublin. Secker and Warburg, London 1974.
  • Picasso at work. A photographic study. Text by Roland Penrose. New York 1965. Original version: Picasso. Werk und Tage. Manesse, Zürich 1965.

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