Irina Ionesco (born September 3, 1930) is a French photographer born in Paris, France. She was the daughter of Romanian immigrants. She spent her childhood years in Constanţa, Romania before she moved to Paris. She traveled and painted for several years before discovering photography. Her work is described as erotic.
In 1974 she exhibited some of her work at the Nikon Gallery in Paris and attracted lots of attention. She was soon published in numerous magazines, books, and featured at galleries across the globe.
Irina Ionesco is perhaps most famous for her photographs showcasing her young daughter, Eva. The nudes she created with Eva stirred major controversy, as many were shot showcasing the young girl in artsy, erotic situations similar to the work she did with her other, much older subjects.
A major part of Irina's work features lavishly dressed women, decked out in jewels, gloves, and other finery, but also adorning themselves with symbolic pieces such as chokers and other fetishistic props, posing provocatively, offering themselves partially disrobed as objects of sexual possession.
Books by Irina Ionesco
- Liliacées langoureuses aux parfums d’Arabie (1974)
- Femmes sans tain (1975)
- Nocturnes (1976)
- Litanies pour une amante funèbre (1976)
- Le temple aux miroirs (1977) ISBN 0-686-54740-3
- Cent onze photographies érotiques (1980)
- Le divan (1981)
- Les Passions (1984) ISBN 2-903901-05-8
- The eros of Baroque (1988)
- Les immortelles (1991) ISBN 2-85949-128-7
- Egypte chambre noire (1991)
- Méditerranéennes (1991, with Elisabeth Foch) ISBN 2-85949-124-4
- Kafka ou le passant de Prague (1992) ISBN 2-7107-0483-8
- TransEurope (1994)
- Metamorphose de la Medusa (1995; model Hiromi Koide)
- Nudes (1996) ISBN 3-908162-52-1
- Eva: Eloge De Ma Fille (2004) ISBN 0-9727073-1-X
- L'œil de la poupée (2004; with Marie Desjardins) ISBN 2-7210-0485-9
- R (2004) ISBN 4-309-90604-4
- Le Japon Interdit (2004) ISBN 2-9523045-0-5
- Master Set", Edition YNOX Paris (2014), ISBN 978-2-36699-017-1
- Sylvia Kristel", Edition YNOX Paris (2014), ISBN 978-2-36699-012-6 (Edition de tête) & ISBN 978-2-36699-013-3 (Edition courante)