Ormond GIGLI was born in 1925 to a modest New-York family. He started working as a professional photographer while still in high school. Soon praised for his photographs of theater, dance or celebrities, he became successful in the early 50s. His photos are regularly on the cover of such magazines as the Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, Time Life and Paris Match.
Through his lens, Marcel Duchamp, Richard Burton, Giancarlo Giannini, John F. Kennedy, Halston, Gina Lollobrigida, Anita Ekberg, Diana Vreeland, Judy Garland, Sir Laurence Olivier, Alan Bates, Marlene Dietrich, Sophia Loren and many others were captured by Ormond GIGLI.
His photographic identity is closer to that of a film director than of a photojournalist. He has a real ability to earn his subjects’ trust, often during extensive and uncomfortable shooting sessions. Very well connected, he was free to peak into many backstages. One of his most renowned photograph is from his own initiative: ‘Girls in the windows’ (1960).
During the 70s and 80s, Ormond GIGLI focused mainly on commercial photography. His work is shown widely across the globe. He is represented by Galerie GADCOLLECTION, France.