Sarah Moon

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Sarah Moon
Marielle Warin

1941 (age 81–82)
Known formodel turned photographer
AwardsHonorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society

Sarah Moon HonFRPS (born Marielle Warin; 1941) is a French photographer.[1][2] Initially a model, she turned to fashion photography in the 1970s. Since 1985, she has concentrated on gallery and film work.[3]


Marielle Warin was born in Vernon, France in 1941.[2] Her Jewish family was forced to leave occupied France for England. As a teenager she studied drawing before working as a model in London and Paris (1960–1966) under the name Marielle Hadengue. She also became interested in photography, taking shots of her model colleagues. In 1970, she finally decided to spend all her time on photography rather than modelling, adopting Sarah Moon as her new name.[4] She successfully captured the fashionable atmosphere of London after the "swinging sixties", working closely with Barbara Hulanicki, who had launched the popular clothes store Biba.[5]

In 1972, she shot the Pirelli calendar, the first woman to do so. After working for a long time with Cacharel, her reputation grew and she also received commissions from Chanel, Dior, Comme des Garçons and Vogue. Since 1985, Moon has moved into gallery work and even started developing her own films including Circuss (2002) and Le Fil Rouge (2006). She later directed the music video for Khaled's pop hit Aïcha.[5]


  • Improbable Memories. Matrix, 1981. ISBN 978-0-936554-31-0.
  • Vrais Semblants = Real Appearances. Parco, 1991. ISBN 9784891942892.
  • Coïncidences. Santa Fe, NM: Arena, 2001. ISBN 978-1-892041-46-3.
  • Sarah Moon 1,2,3,4,5. London: Thames & Hudson, 2008. ISBN 978-0500287835.


Exhibition at the Musée d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris (2013). Three plant photos including one of poppies.



  1. ^ "Sarah Moon - French Photographer". Retrieved 1 January 2023.
  2. ^ a b Yaeger, Lynn. "How Sarah Moon's Photographs Took Fashion to the Astral Plane". Vogue. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  3. ^ Anne-Laure Quilleriet, "La photographie selon Sarah Moon", L'Express, 6 May 2010. (in French) Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  4. ^ Sarah Moon (in French), Ykone, archived from the original on 2 December 2013
  5. ^ a b Pete Silverton, "Sarah Moon Profile", Professional Photographer. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  6. ^ a b c "Sarah Moon". Espace pédagogique. Académie de Poitiers. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  7. ^ "CIRCUSS". Leica Gallery Prague. Retrieved 29 May 2022.
  8. ^ "Alchimies: Sarah Moon". The Eye of Photography Magazine. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2022.
  9. ^ "House of Photography Exhibitions". Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  10. ^ "KYOTOGRAPHIE | Associated Program – Sarah Moon". Retrieved 29 May 2022.
  11. ^ "Sarah Moon". Retrieved 29 May 2022.
  12. ^ "Fotografiska". Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  13. ^ "Sarah Moon". Fotografiska New York. Retrieved 29 May 2022.
  14. ^ "The Cultural Award of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (DGPh)". Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie. Accessed 7 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Sarah Moon: About Colour". Creative Exchange Agency. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  16. ^ "The Royal Photographic Society Awards 2018". Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Sarah Moon". International Photography Hall of Fame. Retrieved 25 July 2022.

Further reading[edit]

  • Rosenblum, Naomi. A History of Women Photographers (Third ed.). New York; London: Abbeville.

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