Daniel Filipacchi

Daniel Filipacchi (born 12 January 1928) is the Chairman Emeritus of Hachette Filipacchi Médias and a French collector of surrealist art.

Daniel Filipacchi
Daniel Filipacchi, NY.jpg
Filipacchi in New York in 1988 with many of his magazines
Born (1928-01-12) 12 January 1928 (age 95)
SpouseSondra Peterson
Children3, including Amanda


Filipacchi in 1958

Filipacchi wrote and worked as a photographer[1] for Paris Match from its founding in 1949 by Jean Prouvost.[2] While working at Paris Match and as a photographer for another of Prouvost's titles, Marie Claire—Filipacchi would later claim never to have enjoyed taking photographs, despite earning early notoriety as a "well-mannered paparazzo"[3]—he promoted jazz concerts and ran a record label.[4] In the early 1960s, at a time when jazz was not played on government-owned French radio stations, Filipacchi (a widely acknowledged jazz expert[3]) and Frank Ténot hosted an immensely popular show on Europe 1 called Pour ceux qui aiment le jazz ("For those who love jazz").[5]

In the 1960s, he presented a rock and roll radio show modeled after Dick Clark's American Bandstand called Salut les copains which launched the musical genre of yé-yé. The show's success led to his creation of a magazine of the same name,[6] eventually renamed Salut!, which built a circulation of one million copies. Filipacchi played American and French rock music on this radio show[7] beginning in the early 1960s. The show and Filipacchi himself played an important role in the formation of a 1960s youth culture in France.[8]

Filipacchi acquired the venerable Cahiers du cinéma in 1964.[9] Cahiers was in serious financial trouble and its owners convinced Filipacchi to buy a majority share in order to save it from ruin. Filipacchi hired a number of his own people and redesigned the journal to look more modern, zippy, and youth-appealing.[10] After the revolutionary May 1968 events in France and the subsequent evolution of Cahiers into a more political forum[11] under the influence of the Maoist director Jean-Luc Godard[11] and others, Filipacchi wanted out of the magazine and sold his share in 1969.[11]

He started more magazines and acquired many others, such as Paris Match in 1976.[2] Some were for teenage girls (such as Mademoiselle Age Tendre) and others for men (such as Lui,[12] which Filipacchi founded in 1963 along with Jacques Lanzmann,[13] Newlook, and French editions of Playboy and Penthouse[14][15]). In February 1979 Filipacchi bought the then-defunct Look. He hired Jann Wenner to run it in May 1979[16] but the revival was a failure and Filipacchi fired the entire staff in July 1979.[17]

Art collectingEdit

ARTnews has repeatedly listed Filipacchi among the world's top art collectors.[18] Art from Filipacchi's collection formed part of the 1996 exhibit Private Passions at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.[19] His collection (along with that of his best friend, the record producer Nesuhi Ertegün) was exhibited at the Guggenheim in New York in 1999 in Surrealism: Two Private Eyes, the Nesuhi Ertegun and Daniel Filipacchi Collections - an event described by The New York Times as a "powerful exhibition", large enough to "pack the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from ceiling to lobby".[20]

Although Filipacchi sued the Paris gallery which sold him a fake "Max Ernst" painting in 2006 for US$7 million, he called its notorious forger Wolfgang Beltracchi (freed on 9 January 2015 after serving three years in prison for his forgeries) a "genius" in a 2012 interview.[21]

Personal lifeEdit

His father, Henri Filipacchi, who was born in Izmir, Turkey, descended from shipowners from Venice, hence the Italian family name.[22] Filipacchi has three children. The eldest of these, Mimi, was from an early marriage.[23] He then had two children with fashion model Sondra Peterson: Craig and novelist Amanda Filipacchi.[24]


  1. ^ Stephane Groueff (12 February 2003). My Odyssey. iUniverse. pp. 175–. ISBN 978-1-4697-2803-2. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b "A Top French Publisher Purchases Paris-Match". The New York Times. September 2, 1976. p. 23.
  3. ^ a b Dupuis, Jérôme. Daniel Filipacchi: "Je travaille mieux la nuit et réfléchis mieux sur mon bateau" (English: "I work better at night and think better on my boat"), l'Express, 29 February 2012. Filipacchi is quoted as saying "je peux bien le dire aujourd'hui : je n'ai jamais aimé faire des photographies." ("I can just as well say it today: I never liked taking photographs.") Accessed 25 May 2013.
  4. ^ Mark Tungate (3 June 2005). Media Monoliths: How Great Media Brands Thrive and Survive. Kogan Page Publishers. p. 186. ISBN 978-0-7494-4595-9. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  5. ^ Roscoe Seldon Suddarth (2008). French Stewardship of Jazz: The Case of France Musique and France Culture. University of Maryland, College Park. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-549-57192-6. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  6. ^ Axel Schildt; Detlef Siegfried (2006). Between Marx and Coca-Cola: youth cultures in changing European societies, 1960-1980. Berghahn Books. p. 53. ISBN 978-1-84545-009-0. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  7. ^ Art and Visual Culture on the French Riviera, 1956-1971: The École de Nice. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. 2012. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-7546-6471-0. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  8. ^ Arthur Marwick (28 September 2011). The Sixties: Cultural Revolution in Britain, France, Italy, and the United States, C.1958-c.1974. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 167. ISBN 978-1-4482-0542-4. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  9. ^ Antoine de Baecque; Serge Toubiana (2000). Truffaut: A Biography. University of California Press. p. 278. ISBN 978-0-520-22524-4. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  10. ^ Richard Brody (13 May 2008). Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard. Macmillan. p. 206. ISBN 978-0-8050-6886-3. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  11. ^ a b c David Wilson; Bérénice Reynaud (1 May 2000). Cahiers Du Cinéma: Volume Four, 1973-1978 : History, Ideology, Cultural Struggle : an Anthology from Cahiers Du Cinéma, Nos 248-292, September 1973-September 1978. Psychology Press. ISBN 978-0-415-02988-9. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  12. ^ Aaron Latham, "Rabbit, Run", New York City, Nov 27, 1972, p.54
  13. ^ "Jacques Lanzmann — Novelist, lyricist and editor of Lui". The Independent. July 4, 2006. Archived from the original on November 7, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  14. ^ Bill Marshall, Cristina Johnston, "France and the Americas: culture, politics, and history, a multidisciplinary encyclopedia", Transatlantic relations series vol.3, ABC-CLIO, 2005, ISBN 1-85109-411-3, p.945
  15. ^ Groueff 574
  16. ^ "Look and Rolling Stone". The New York Times. July 8, 1979. p. F13.
  17. ^ Deirdre Carmody (July 4, 1979). "Look Magazine Dismisses Staff And Ends Ties to Rolling Stone: Losses by Investors Cited". The New York Times. p. B3.
  18. ^ For example, "The 2012 ARTnews 200 Top Collectors". ARTnews. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2013.;"The 2009 ARTnews 200 Top Collectors". ARTnews. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  19. ^ Alan Riding (January 30, 1996). "French Ask: Is Art Still a Hobby?: A Paris show says modern art is being collected". The New York Times. p. C11.
  20. ^ Glueck, Grace (4 June 1999). "ART REVIEW; Trolling the Mind's Nooks and Crannies for Images". The New York Times. p. 31. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  21. ^ Hammer, Joshua. The Greatest Fake-Art Scam in History?, Vanity Fair, 10 October 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  22. ^ Ory, Pascal (2013). Dictionnaire des étrangers qui ont fait la France. Robert Lafont. p. 547. ISBN 9782221140161.
  23. ^ Ecole supérieure de journalisme (2010). Ils ont fait la presse l'histoire des journaux en France en 40 portraits. Yves,. Agnès, Patrick,. Éveno. Paris: Vuibert. ISBN 978-2-311-00111-2. OCLC 690737255.
  24. ^ Hoban, Phoebe (14 January 1993). "Brief Lives: Skin Deep". New York. p. 30. Retrieved 27 April 2013.