Leonard Cohen Always Looks Good In A Suit Jacket
Even In Nothing But A Suit Jacket
These first two photos of a discreetly clad Leonard Cohen – which my resident expert assures me are “very sexy” – were taken by Dominique Issermann, whose qualifications for this job include not only her credentials as an internationally renowned French fashion photographer1 but also her history as the Canadian singer-songwriter’s lover (beginning in the early 1980s and extending several years), their collaborative work on videos including “Dance Me To The End Of Love,” and their ongoing friendship that persists unto this day.
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The shots appear in “Leonard par Dominique,” an article published in the January 26, 2012 issue of Le Nouvel Observateur. More of the interview itself, in which Dominique Issermann talks about her relationship with and her unique perspective on Leonard Cohen and the other graphics from the article will also appear on this site with at least a couple of intriguing portions of the text, published in French, translated into English, but these evocative photos deserve their own posting.
Bonus – The Leonard Cohen Centerfold
Dominique Issermann also took this previously posted photo of Leonard Cohen on the beach originally published in “Compagnons de route – Portfolio Cohen par Isserman,” Les Inrockuptibles Issue # 709, June 30 to July 6, 2009.
Dominique Issermann – January 2012
Credit Due Department: These photos from and the forthcoming Le Nouvel Observateur article itself as well as the shot from Les Inrockuptibles are, as ongoing viewers are likely to have already surmised, contributed by Dominique BOILE from his seemingly inexhaustible collection of Leonard Cohen materials. The photo of Dominique Issermann, however, was taken by Dominick BOILE himself.
Other Posts Featuring Dominique Issermann
- Leonard Cohen On Dominique Issermann, Israel, Terrorism
- Backstage Banter Starring Anjani, Directed By Dominique Issermann. Leonard Cohen, Cameraman
- Colm Henry On Leonard Cohen In 1985 – “He really was in love back then
- Leonard Cohen Centerfold By Dominique Issermann
- Then We Take Trouville – The Making Of The Leonard Cohen First We Take Manhattan Video
- This brief biography is from Ykone:
… Dominique Issermann made her photography debut at 26. She began working with Zoom magazine doing celebrity profiling. Known for the delicacy of her portraits, the young artist slowly became a prominent figure on the style scene … Among others, Chanel, Christian Dior, Lancôme and Yves Saint Laurent were all impressed with Dominique’s work and signed her to shoot their campaigns. In 1987, Dominique was awarded the equivalent of an Oscar in fashion photography. Afterwards, she went on to work with countless fashion magazines, including Vogue, US Cosmopolitan and New York Magazine. [↩]