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Louise Dahl-Wolfe, American (1895-1989)
Louise Dahl-Wolfe - Suzy Parker in Balenciaga Along Seine
Louise Dahl-Wolfe
Suzy Parker in Balenciaga Along Seine
SIlver Gelatin Photograph
1953
11 X 14 inches

Signed on verso

Louise Dahl-Wolfe was an accomplished fashion photographer, working at the renowned women’s fashion magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, from 1936 to 1958. Dahl-Wolfe studied design, art history, and aesthetics at the San Francisco Art Institute. She began photography in 1919, but it was not until 1932 that she became critically recognized. After moving to Tennessee with her new husband, she photographed life in the Great Depression. Some of the images from these series were published in Vanity Fair and presented in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. These events launched Dahl-Wolfe’s career.

Dahl-Wolfe began working for Harper’s in 1936. She brought with her tools for success: she revamped the style spreads using her knowledge of art history and color theory. Her work is well known for its innovative use of color and compositional design. In her career at Harper’s, Dahl-Wolfe published 86 covers and hundreds of fashion spreads. Her visual aesthetic drove the look of the magazine for 22 years. Her work is preserved by the Louise Dahl-Wolfe Archive at the Center for Creative Photography.