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Two women photographers in New York

Since 1981, the Staley-Wise Gallery has been one of New York’s most renowned art galleries. Etheleen Staley and Takouhy Wise have made photography their specialty. For their inaugural exhibition 111 Wooster Street, they chose to highlight the work of Horst P. Horst. Certainly one of the greatest American fashion photographers. In 1990, the gallery moved. She moved to 100 Crosby Street, in a neo-Greek style building which was none other than the work of architect Thomas Stent.

This art gallery is internationally recognized. Its prestige is due to the quality of the photographic work it represents. It is a reference for amateurs, since it manages the body of work of 63 photographers. Among them, the greatest masters: Richard Avedon, Robert Doisneau, David Lachapelle, Bob Richardson … Her fame leads her to collaborate very regularly with public and private institutions, but also art foundations.

The current exhibition is celebrating the work of two female photographers. “2 Women of Style: Louise Dahl-Wolfe and Stephanie Pfriender Stylander” was launched on March 5. Two talented women from two different eras. More than 30 years apart, two visions of fashion photography.

An exhibition on modern photography

Louise Dahl-Wolfe is an important figure in American photography. She marked her time and her work is still admired today by the greatest collectors. A prestige that elevates her to the same rank as Richard Avedon. Portraits of celebrities, models and famous actors, these are all key moments that marked the journey of this woman.

Early in her career, she stood out for her work with the women’s magazine Harper’s Bazaar. With this woman, fashion photography knows a turning point. A pioneer in the field, she offers shots of her models by playing on the possibilities offered by natural light. From there are born different black and white photos, then in color.

In each photograph, a unique atmosphere emerges. It is also her adventurous soul that makes all the singularity of her works. By looking at these large fine and slender female silhouettes, we travel among the different continents. Among her models, striking women: Coco Chanel, Colette … But also famous men, including the great Spanish fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga.

In this exhibition, it is above all her portraits of models that are highlighted: Jean Patchett, Elizabeth Gibbons, Mary Jane Russell … But also, portraits of the 1930s more anchored in reality. In this series, a majority of strangers photographed in their daily lives


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