Jeanloup Sieff was the complete photographer. He was gifted in every arena of the medium: fashion and advertising, nude, reportage, portraits and landscape. Sieff claimed to be "superficial and droll," without ever being very convincing, and left a rich collection of works created from the 1950s until the turn of the 21st century before his demise. He was a prodigiously productive artist and was often overtaken by the speed of the medium and his own success, normally short of the necessary time to delve into his archive. Hence many of the works published in this book have never been seen or previously published. With his characteristic sense of humour and light-hearted approach he wrote: "my pictures are little black and white pebbles that I dropped on my way to adulthood, meant for leading me back to my adolescence."