Have a look at some of the beautiful portraits of the Kessler Twins shot by renowned photographer Loomis Dean in the late ’50s!
The late Loomis Dean was a veteran photographer for the American magazine LIFE beginning in 1947. Prior, he had photography stints with the Ringlin Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and the Army Air Forces.
For the first 10 years with LIFE Dean worked at its Los Angeles bureau, and was eventually transferred to Paris where he was posted for about 25 years. Covering for North Africa and Europe, Dean had covered almost all kinds of events and had taken photos of subjects from all walks of life. Among those he had photographed were the famed singing, dancing, and acting duo, the Kessler Twins.
The Kessler Twins were Alice and Ellen Kessler of Germany. Born on Aug. 20, 1936 in Nerchau, the sisters were active between the ‘50s and the ‘60s and hugely popular across Europe. Some of the venues they had performed at were Le Lido in Paris and the Palladium in Düsseldorf. The Kessler Twins were said to have been less popular in the US; however, they appeared as dancers in the epic Biblical film “Sodom and Gomorrah” (1962), and had also graced the cover of LIFE on February 22, 1963.