9.25 x 13 inches
Stephanie Pfriender Stylander: The Untamed Eye
Text by Stephanie Pfriender Stylander
"We were all on the road: photographers, models, makeup artists, hairdressers, fashion stylists. Every week it was a different location in Europe...We were young and in need of expression. The great fashion and creative directors let you roam, they gave you twenty pages to express your vision—it was a complete creative playground where we could be rebellious, and the word compromise was not spoken, not even thought about." This is how photographer Stephanie Pfriender Stylander describes the heady life of a fashion photographer in the 1990s. This new monograph introduces you to what Pfriender Stylander produced in that atmosphere: evocative photographs capturing sweeping, cinematic fashion stories and intimate portraits of celebrities, all tinged with the photographer's gritty realism. From a very young, unknown Kate Moss to rock legend Keith Richards, Pfriender Stylander finds the hidden essence in her subjects, an unseen character and vulnerability in even the most seasoned veterans.
Inspired by Italian Neorealism, the French New Wave and John Cassavetes films, Pfriender Stylander's work is cinematic. Fashion models, actors and musicians (including Joaquin Phoenix, Nicole Kidman and Björk, among others) are transformed into characters who embody her vision.
About the Artist
Stephanie Pfriender Stylander has been a highly sought after fashion photographer since the early 1990s, when she moved to Europe and quickly earned a reputation for her evocative images. She has photographed many cultural icons in her distinct style, including Kate Moss, Nicole Kidman, Keith Richards, Heath Ledger, and Aretha Franklin. Her work has appeared in British GQ, French Glamour, Interview, Uomo Harper's Bazaar and Vanity Fair. She is represented by the Staley-Wise Gallery in New York. Stephanie has won numerous awards from the Lucie Foundation, American Photography, and Communication Arts. Pfriender Stylander lives in New York City.