New York: St. Martin's/Marek, 1984. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher’s black cloth over dove paper-covered boards, spine stamped in silver, sand endpapers, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
First edition of an autobiographical monograph by pioneering postwar fashion photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe, published as a companion to an exhibition of her work at the Staley Wise Gallery in New York in 1985. A noted influence on photographers such as Horst P. Horst, Richard Avedon, and Irving Penn, Dahl-Wolfe began her career freelancing for Saks Fifth Avenue. After Harper’s Bazaar editor Carmel Snow encountered her work in 1936, she was hired as a staff photographer. Alongside Snow and the then-recently recruited Diana Vreeland, Dahl-Wolfe forged a new era of fashion photography. The last exhibition organized while she was alive, her Staley Wise show has been credited with renewing interest in her oeuvre. This survey comprises a selection of her editorial work and studio portraits (with subjects such as Cecil Beaton, Orson Welles, Bette Davis, Carson McCullers, Eudora Welty, and Jean Cocteau) with diaristic commentary by Dahl-Wolfe throughout contextualizing the images. Illustrated with black-and-white plates; with a foreword by Frances McFadden, previously a managing editor at Harper’s Bazaar, and an exhibition checklist. First printing, with complete number row to copyright page. Unclipped dust jacket with light edgewear. Very good. Item #8141