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A master of studio portraiture, Sam Levin began his career in the 1930s photographing the stars of French cinema like Simone Signoret and Jean Gabin. He became very well-known for his highly posed portraits characterised by dramatic lighting. With Brigitte Bardot as his model however, Levin found a new energy and vitality in his portraiture. Inspired by this young and vivacious star, Levin broke with many of the traditions and conventions of post- war cinema portraiture to create a series of images that encapsulate the spirit of the 1960s woman.

Of all the photographs of Brigitte Bardot taken by celebrated photographer Sam Levin, this is the most iconic. It was used as a source image for the movie poster for Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘Le Mepris’ (1963), a cinematic gem, and Bardot’s foray into art- house cinema. Shown with a towel wrapped precariously around her torso and with her signature tousled voluminous hair, Bardot is the picture of eroticism, an alluring siren.

Printed in the late 1960s / early 1970s.

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Sam Levin

Brigitte Bardot poses for 'Le Mepris'

C-Print photograph

29.5 x 23 cms (11.59 x 9.04 ins)


Printed circa 1970