Introduction by Dorothy Twining Globus, Director, The Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology
Renowned as the leading female fashion photographer in the world from the 1930s to 1960, Louise Dahl-Wolfe (1895-1989) received universal acclaim for her fashion, still lifes, and portraits. Her celebrity reached its apogee after she joined Harper's Bazaar, vanguard of women's magazines. Working alongside legendary art director Alexey Brodovitch and editor Carmel Snow, Dahl Wolfe was part of a triumvirate rarely equaled in fashion or media, before or since. She evolved a signature style of "environmental" fashion photographs, taking photographs into natural light and using background to advantage, all the while experimenting with new color technology. Her influence had immense resonance with contemporary talents such as Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, and with succeeding generations of photographers. The expression of a new American lifestyle, her photographs were relaxed and accessible, yet exotic. It was the style of the woman: spirited, worldly, and above all, free. This long-awaited assessment of Louise Dahl-Wolfe, in both exhibition and book form, will enable the full spectrum of one of the world's greatest and most influential talents in fashion photography to be finally understood.
About the Authors:
Dorothy Twining Globus has been the director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology since 1993. Among the exhibitions that she has presented over those years are Geoffrey Beene Unbound; Lillian Bassman; Linen; Hello Again: Recycling for the Real World; Illusions of Fashion: Papiers a La Mode, Unmistakably Mackie. Prior to this, Globus served as Curator of Exhibitions at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum for twenty years and at the Smithsonian Institution. She serves on the Board of Directors of the International Design Conference at Aspen.
Vicki Goldberg is a photography critic for The New York Times, co-author of American Photography: A Century of Images (Chronicle), author of The Power of Photography: How Photographs Changed Our Lives (Abbeville) and editor of Photography in Print (University of New Mexico Press). She is the recipient of numerous awards, from the Royal Photographic Society, London, The International Center for Photography, New York and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, among others.
Nan Richardson is the curator of the Louise Dahl-Wolfe exhibition and editor of Umbrage Editions. She has co-authored a number of books, including Lillian Bassman (Bulfinch), Chim: The Photographs of David Seymour (Bulfinch), The White T (Harper Collins), and the forthcoming Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World (Random House).