Irina Ionesco

  • Date of birth: 1930
  • Location: Paris
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Irina Ionesco (born September 3, 1930) is a French photographer in Paris, France. She was the daughter of Romanian immigrants. She spent her childhood years in Constanta, 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.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.In 2016 Reflex Amsterdam presented a show with vintage photographs by Ioneso, called Ma Réalité Rêvée. The limited edition signed book that was published for the exhibition is for sale at Famous Amsterdam.