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Louise Dahl-Wolfe
Dahl-Wolfe, Louise.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2000.
Physical Description:
175 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
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TR679 .D3397 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Louise Dahl-Wolfe was one of the great fashion photographers of her era. Her elegant, beautifully composed pictures - many shot on location, in natural light and in colour - helped to define a new American style. This retrospective brings together 140 of these photographs.

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Booklist Review

Here, finally, is a tribute to Dahl-Wolfe, whose 86 Harper's Bazaar covers and innumerable interior fashion shots shaped the focus of contemporary commercial photography. Accompanying essays impart the facts about her life, and from them we learn that Dahl-Wolfe was a dabbler in the arts until the camera captured her permanent attention, and she was a black-and-white portrait painter of such celebrities as Josephine Baker, Jean Cocteau, Colette, and others. Quotes from the likes of Lauren Bacall and Eileen Ford make us realize how unforgettable a figure she was. The photographs, however, are even more unforgettable, and they remain the book's primary focus. --Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

Published to coincide with an exhibition on fashion photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, this artfully designed book reproduces all of the show's images in glorious color. Through her photographs, Dahl-Wolfe created a new idea of the American woman as casual and comfortable yet chic. She posed her models (many for Harper's Bazaar) in foreign locations such as North Africa and South America and contrasted them in front of patterned backgrounds and modern art. The book's two essays, written by New York Times photography critic Vicki Goldberg and curator Nan Richardson, discuss Dahl-Wolfe's photographs in terms of their formal qualities and in relation to the photographer's life. They demonstrate that Dahl-Wolfe was an innovator in her use of color photography as well as in her concern with the qualities of natural light, composition, and balance. Recommended for any photography collection. Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Coll., MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.