Photographer

Irmeli Jung

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Irmeli Jung was born in 1947 in Tampere, an industrial city in southern Finland, to an unknown father. Her mother Irja Jung was a nurse in a psychiatric hospital. At the age of thirteen months she was placed in an Adventist foster home and grew up with their other children. It was at the age of 13 that she finally moved in with her mother. She discovered photography at her school's photo club, photographing insects and flowers, and learned how to develop film and make prints. In 1965, she moved to Hanover in Germany where she lived in a Salvation Army home. To make a living, she made deliveries for a photographic laboratory. She enrolled in a vocational school and apprenticed with Kurt Julius, photographer of the Hanover State Opera. After three years, she graduated from the Hanover Chamber of Crafts with a first prize as a portrait photographer and found a job in an advertising agency. In January 1968, while staying in Paris, a friend invited her to attend a Juliette Gréco concert. She was captivated by the artist and bought all her records. The following year, at the end of a rehearsal, Gréco having discovered her work, accredited her for her new recital. Irmeli decided to leave Hanover and move to Paris with the aim of writing a book about Gréco, for whom she became the official photographer. She met Michel Célie, the director of Disques Déesse, in a restaurant in Montmartre. He introduced her to Raoul de Godewarsvelde who commissioned her first photograph for a record cover. This was the beginning of a long collaboration with artists such as Georges Moustaki, Mouloudji, Maurice Dulac, Barbara or Jacques Brel for whom she was to produce numerous record covers. In October 1984, she learned that « Le Monde des livres » has decided to publish her photos, and came to present her portfolio. Since then, Irmeli Jung has photographed dozens of authors and has regularly worked for many publications and publishing houses. In 1994, she was invited to teach portraiture at the École nationale supérieure de la photographie in Arles (France). In 2006, she made the official portrait of the President of the Finnish Republic, Tarja Halonen at the beginning of her second term. Irmeli Jung has been exclusively distributed by the Roger-Viollet agency since 2022.

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Roger-Viollet | 1410570 | William Styron (1925-2006), American writer, 1986. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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William Styron (1925-2006), American writer, 1986.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410569 | Mercedes Sosa (1935-2009), Argentine singer, 1982. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Mercedes Sosa (1935-2009), Argentine singer, 1982.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410568 | Philippe Sollers (1936-2023), French writer, 1986. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Philippe Sollers (1936-2023), French writer, 1986.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410567 | Arthur John Gielgud (1904-2000), British actor, 1987. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Arthur John Gielgud (1904-2000), British actor, 1987.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410566 | Simone Signoret (1921-1985), French actress, 1985. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Simone Signoret (1921-1985), French actress, 1985.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410565 | Kristin Scott Thomas (born in 1960), British actress, 1991. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Kristin Scott Thomas (born in 1960), British actress, 1991.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410564 | Nathalie Sarraute (1900-1999), French writer, 1987. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Nathalie Sarraute (1900-1999), French writer, 1987.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410563 | Sapho (born in 1950), Moroccan-born French singer. 1988. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Sapho (born in 1950), Moroccan-born French singer. 1988.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410562 | Henri Salvador (1917-2008), French singer-songwriter. 1994. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Henri Salvador (1917-2008), French singer-songwriter. 1994.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410561 | Françoise Sagan (1935-2004), French writer, 1985. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Françoise Sagan (1935-2004), French writer, 1985.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410560 | Sonia Rykiel (1930-2016), French top designer and founder of the Sonia Rykiel group. 1991. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Sonia Rykiel (1930-2016), French top designer and founder of the Sonia Rykiel group. 1991.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410559 | Jacqueline de Romilly (1913-2010), French philologist and classical scholar. 1991. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Jacqueline de Romilly (1913-2010), French philologist and classical scholar. 1991.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410558 | Renaud (born in 1952), French singer-songwriter. 1996. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Renaud (born in 1952), French singer-songwriter. 1996.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410557 | Anna Prucnal (born in 1940), Polish-born French singer and actress. 1989. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Anna Prucnal (born in 1940), Polish-born French singer and actress. 1989.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410556 | Michel Piccoli (1925-2020), French actor. 1972. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Michel Piccoli (1925-2020), French actor. 1972.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410555 | Joyce Carol Oates (born in 1938), American writer. 1987. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Joyce Carol Oates (born in 1938), American writer. 1987.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410554 | Georges Moustaki (1934-2013), French singer-songwriter. 1971. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Georges Moustaki (1934-2013), French singer-songwriter. 1971.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410553 | Marcel Mouloudji (1922-1994), French singer and actor. 1971. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Marcel Mouloudji (1922-1994), French singer and actor. 1971.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410552 | Edgar Morin (Nahoum, born in 1921), French sociologist and philosopher. 1992. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Edgar Morin (Nahoum, born in 1921), French sociologist and philosopher. 1992.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410551 | Alberto Moravia (1907-1990), Italian writer. 1987. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Alberto Moravia (1907-1990), Italian writer. 1987.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410550 | Patrick Modiano (born in 1945), French writer. 1984. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Patrick Modiano (born in 1945), French writer. 1984.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410549 | Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), French composer, organist and pianist. 1989. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), French composer, organist and pianist. 1989.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410548 | Marie Nimier (born in 1957), French novelist and songwriter. 1989. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Marie Nimier (born in 1957), French novelist and songwriter. 1989.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410547 | Marcel Carné (1906-1996), French scriptwriter and director. 1986. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Marcel Carné (1906-1996), French scriptwriter and director. 1986.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410546 | Jacques Tardi (born in 1946), French comic artist, and Léo Malet (1909-1996), French writer and poet. 1991. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Jacques Tardi (born in 1946), French comic artist, and Léo Malet (1909-1996), French writer and [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410545 | The childhood house of Irmeli Jung (born in 1947), Finnish portrait photographer and photojournalist. Finland. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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The childhood house of Irmeli Jung (born in 1947), Finnish portrait photographer and [...]
Roger-Viollet | 1410544 | Léopold Sédar Senghor (1906-2001), Senegalese writer and politician. 1990. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Léopold Sédar Senghor (1906-2001), Senegalese writer and politician. 1990.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410543 | Bernard-Marie Koltès (1948-1989), French dramatist. 1986. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Bernard-Marie Koltès (1948-1989), French dramatist. 1986.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410542 | Aki Kaurismäki (born in 1957), Finnish director. 1999. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Aki Kaurismäki (born in 1957), Finnish director. 1999.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410538 | Gérard Jouannest (1933-2018), French pianist who accompanied Jacques Brel (1929-1978) and Juliette Gréco (1927-2020), his wife. 2009. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Gérard Jouannest (1933-2018), French pianist who accompanied Jacques Brel (1929-1978) and Juliette [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410537 | James Baldwin (1924-1987), American writer. 1985. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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James Baldwin (1924-1987), American writer. 1985.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410536 | Jacques Laurent-Cély (or Cécil Saint-Laurent, 1919-2000), French writer. 1989. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Jacques Laurent-Cély (or Cécil Saint-Laurent, 1919-2000), French writer. 1989.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410535 | Angélique Ionatos (1954-2021), Greek composer, guitarist and singer. 1996. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Angélique Ionatos (1954-2021), Greek composer, guitarist and singer. 1996.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410534 | Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995), American novelist. 1985. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995), American novelist. 1985.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410533 | Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999), American violinist and conductor, and Stéphane Grapelli (1908-1997), French jazz violinist. 1995. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999), American violinist and conductor, and Stéphane Grapelli (1908-1997), [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410532 | Edouard Glissant (1928-2011), French writer from Martinique. 1993. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Edouard Glissant (1928-2011), French writer from Martinique. 1993.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410531 | Nicole Garcia (born in 1946), French actress, scriptwriter and drirector, with her black cat. 1971. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Nicole Garcia (born in 1946), French actress, scriptwriter and drirector, with her black cat. 1971.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410530 | Antoinette Fouque (1936-2014), French psychoanalyst involved in the French women's liberation movement. 1991. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Antoinette Fouque (1936-2014), French psychoanalyst involved in the French women's liberation [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410529 | Jean Ferrat (1930-2010), French singer-songwriter. 1994. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Jean Ferrat (1930-2010), French singer-songwriter. 1994.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410528 | Brigitte Engerer (1952-2012), French pianist. 1987. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Brigitte Engerer (1952-2012), French pianist. 1987.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410527 | Arielle Dombasle (born in 1953), American-born French actress, director, scriptwriter, singer and dancer, at her place. Paris, 1992. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Arielle Dombasle (born in 1953), American-born French actress, director, scriptwriter, singer and [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410526 | Robert Doisneau (1912-1994), French photographer. 1993-1994. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Robert Doisneau (1912-1994), French photographer. 1993-1994.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410525 | René Depestre (born in 1926), Haitian writer. 1986. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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René Depestre (born in 1926), Haitian writer. 1986.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410524 | Florence Delay (born in 1941), French writer and member of the French Academy since 2000. 1989. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Florence Delay (born in 1941), French writer and member of the French Academy since 2000. 1989.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410522 | Régine Deforges (1935-2014), French writer. 1989. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Régine Deforges (1935-2014), French writer. 1989.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410521 | Tenzin Gyatso (born in 1935), 14th Dalai Lama. 2004. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Tenzin Gyatso (born in 1935), 14th Dalai Lama. 2004.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410520 | Georges Coulonges (1923-2003), and Jacques Laurent-Cély (or Cécil Saint-Laurent, 1919-2000), French writer. 1987. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Georges Coulonges (1923-2003), and Jacques Laurent-Cély (or Cécil Saint-Laurent, 1919-2000), French [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410519 | Emil Cioran (1911-1995), Romanian philosopher and writer. 1988. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Emil Cioran (1911-1995), Romanian philosopher and writer. 1988.
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410518 | Florin Tănase Cioabă (1954-2013), Romanian Romani Pentecostal minister and self-proclaimed  King of Roma Everywhere . 1996. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Florin Tănase Cioabă (1954-2013), Romanian Romani Pentecostal minister and self-proclaimed "King of [...]
 
Roger-Viollet | 1410516 | Aimé Césaire (1923-2008), Martinican poet, author, and politician. Martinique, 2006. | © Irmeli Jung / Roger-Viollet
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Aimé Césaire (1923-2008), Martinican poet, author, and politician. Martinique, 2006.