JEAN CLEMMER – CANNED CANDIES
Jean Clemmer collaborative book with fashion designer Paco Rabanne produced some of the more iconic fashion images of the late 1960s.
In 1969 this collection of photographs was published in French as Nues and issued in an English version as Canned Candies. It was also edited in German with a different cover.
These photographs provoked shock and outrage for their erotic interplay between the female body and adornment. But they were also revolutionary for being the first such images to depict black and Asian models.
The Paris editor Pierre Belfond approached Clemmer in 1968, to produce a book of nudes. Clemmer immediately chose Rabanne as the clothing designer to meticulously style each shoot. These images would become a symbiosis of the nude female, with Rabanne’s futuristic adornment as sculpture epitomizing the radical culture of sexual freedom of the 1960s.
Clemmer’s works focused upon the erotic, prophetically seeking to use the medium of photography to serve as an essential role in the paradigm shift that would become known as the sexual revolution.