Louise Dahl-Wolfe: A Retrospective

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9780810940512: Louise Dahl-Wolfe: A Retrospective

Interviews with Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker, Eileen Ford, Lillian Bassman, Mary Jane Russell, and Lauren Bacall "Dahl-Wolfe freed color from convention and timidity. . . . Today, her pictures continue to seem just a little ahead of their time."

-Vicki Goldberg, American Photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe (1895-1989) was one of the great fashion photographers of her era-a woman who contributed 86 cover images and thousands of interior shots to Harper's Bazaar between 1936 and 1959. Her elegant, beautifully composed photographs-many shot on location, in natural light, and in color-helped define a new American style that was wholesome yet worldly. This lavish book is the first-ever retrospective on this influential photographer. In addition to fashion images, the 140 photographs collected here include a sampling of Dahl-Wolfe's portrait work-unforgettable images of Josephine Baker, Edward Hopper, Eudora Welty, and Jean Cocteau, among other luminaries. Louise Dahl-Wolfe is a rare treat for everyone who loves fashion and photography. 140 illustrations, 100 in full color, 9 x 12" DOROTHY TWINING GLOBUS is director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. VICKY GOLDBERG is an internationally known photography critic and historian, and a contributor to The New York Times. NAN RICHARDSON, former editor of Aperture, is curator of the Louise Dahl-Wolfe exhibition that this book accompanies. EXHIBITION SCHEDULE Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York June 12-Aug. 13, 2000 Center for Creative Photography, TucsonSept.-Nov. 2000

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Published to coincide with an exhibition on fashion photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, this artfully designed book reproduces all of the show's images in glorious color. Through her photographs, Dahl-Wolfe created a new idea of the American woman as casual and comfortable yet chic. She posed her models (many for Harper's Bazaar) in foreign locations such as North Africa and South America and contrasted them in front of patterned backgrounds and modern art. The book's two essays, written by New York Times photography critic Vicki Goldberg and curator Nan Richardson, discuss Dahl-Wolfe's photographs in terms of their formal qualities and in relation to the photographer's life. They demonstrate that Dahl-Wolfe was an innovator in her use of color photography as well as in her concern with the qualities of natural light, composition, and balance. Recommended for any photography collection. Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Coll., MA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist:

Here, finally, is a tribute to Dahl-Wolfe, whose 86 Harper's Bazaar^B covers and innumerable interior fashion shots shaped the focus of contemporary commercial photography. Accompanying essays impart the facts about her life, and from them we learn that Dahl-Wolfe was a dabbler in the arts until the camera captured her permanent attention, and she was a black-and-white portrait painter of such celebrities as Josephine Baker, Jean Cocteau, Colette, and others. Quotes from the likes of Lauren Bacall and Eileen Ford make us realize how unforgettable a figure she was. The photographs, however, are even more unforgettable, and they remain the book's primary focus. Barbara Jacobs
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