Biography

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Originally from Denmark, Winnie Denker is one of the few photographers in the world to work with the 8x10" format. Arrived in Paris in 1958, she devoted to fashion photography and the still life for nearly 20 years, until her ultimate meeting with the Eiffel Tower, at the end of 1985. Until then, she was dedicated to architecture and the world culture heritage. She also realized portraits of personalities and famous artists, like the painter de Kooning and Salvador Dali.

Flabbergasted by the stereotype of journalist François Chalais on Vietnam, Winnie Denker decided to start photography in 1965. During three years, she practiced in Robert d’Estaing’s studio, set in Place Vendôme. Together, they worked for the most prestigious couture houses and the greatest creators: Lanvin, Cartier, and Chaumet…

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In the 1975, she went to New York where she remained for 11 years. She signed contacts for clients as famous as Vogue, Elle, Cartier, as well as for major international brands. At the same time, the photographer published her first works for « Women’s Wear Daily » and « House and gardens ».

Her first book reference, « the library of Nation USA », was  published in 1983 (Ed. Time Life)

At the end of 198585, she returned to Paris, her fetish city…  Informated by the Eiffel Tower’s new lighting, the artist had an immediate crush. It was the beginning of a long love story, which began on January the 4th 1986, the date of the first cliché of the iron lady, and which continues today, nearly 20 years later ;

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From this passion will appear two books: « la sentinelle de Paris » (co-written with Françoise Sagan), in 1989, for the 1st centenary of the Eiffel Tower (éd. Robert Laffont) and « Paris, fêtes des lumières » (éd. Images Magie), in 1993.  A third collection of photographs was released in October 2004 “La Tour Eiffel” (Editions Mengès).

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In the same time, between 1991 and 1997, the UNESCO gaves her several missions for the world Inheritance of humanity. The photographer then multiplied the journeys throughout the world (Istanbul, Saint-Petersburg, Syria, Cairo, Lebanon) produced great works, published in several languages: “La Grande Catherine” (éd. Ville de New Orleans) in 1995, “la civilisation de Saint-Petersbourg” (éd. Mengès) in 2000, “Constantinople” (ed. Mengès) in 2001…

Regulary published in the international press, Winnie Denker exposes her work throughout the whole world. Around twenty exhibitions throughout Spain, but also in Tokyo, Washington, New York, Florence, Paris, without forgetting a permanent exhibition in the State Hermitage Museum of Saint-Petersburg (Russia).

Winnie with  Mikhaïl Piotrovski  at the State Hermitage

Winnie with Mikhaïl Piotrovski at the State Hermitage

Winnie with  Mikhaïl Piotrovski  at the  State Hermitage Exhibition at Monaco

Winnie with Mikhaïl Piotrovski at the  State Hermitage Exhibition at Monaco

Today she works from her studio close to Montmartre, where she regularly organizes exhibitions, shows and different art events.

Signature of the Tour Eiffel prints (Paris 1989)

Signature of the Tour Eiffel prints (Paris 1989)

Shooting at the Opera Bastille under construction (Paris 1987)

Shooting at the Opera Bastille under construction (Paris 1987)