A tribute to the innovative career of a neglected artist includes her fashion photography, which took models outdoors and revolutionized the industry, battlefront photojournalism with incredible images of World War II, and candid portraits of famous personalities.
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Before Toni Frissell (190788) became the first woman staff photographer for Sports Illustrated (which was long before the first swimsuit issue), she had already revolutionized fashion photography by shooting models outdoors for such magazines as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. She'd also followed American troops through Europe in WW II, slogging through the mud and having her jeep hit by shell fragments. In addition to her mother's fashion and war photos, Stafford includes a lot of portraits of the rich and famous--a pensive, liver-spotted Konrad Adenauer; a glowering Churchill; a cocky young Kirk Douglas; William Styron sitting in a graveyard; JFK and Jacqueline Bouvier (who edited the book, and to whom it is dedicated) at their wedding. There are also some standard photojournalism shots chronicling black life in the South at the beginning of the civil rights movement. By far the most lively pictures, however, fall under the heading, ``Sport.'' Sport, in this case, might as well be a patrician synonym for hunting. Frissell's shots of horses, hunters at rest, and the eager snouts of hounds suggest that in hunting she found one of the few social activities that sanctioned the kind of avidness she brought to her work behind the lens. (First serial to Town and Country) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Library Journal:
Frissell had a long and successful career as a fashion and portrait photographer as well as a photojournalist, yet she is not widely known. This book is an admiring look at her life and some of her work by her daughter, who gathered the photographs shown here from the Toni Frissell collection at the Library of Congress. Because Frissell was trusted by the wealthy and famous, her portraits of luminaries like Winston Churchill and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor show relaxed subjects. Her war images depict fatigue and loss in weary faces. But it is her fashion photography that truly glows in this collection of duotones. By placing models in outdoor locales and adding drama through natural light, surf, stone, sand, or forest, Frissell revolutionized fashion photography. The medium had been strictly a studio effort until she merged models and nature into stunning visuals that seem to be separated from time and trends, producing a commercial portfolio that is nevertheless art. Recommended for both academic and public libraries.
David Bryant, New Canaan Lib., Ct.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descripción Doubleday, 1994. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110385471882
Descripción Doubleday, 1994. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0385471882
Descripción Doubleday. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0385471882 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW6.0181259
Descripción Doubleday, 1994. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0385471882