About Louise Dahl-Wolfe
Among the foremost fashion photographers of the 20th century, Louise Dahl-Wolfe brought a keen eye for composition and contrast to her work, which helped to redefine American fashion photography and influenced such masters of the medium as Horst P. Horst, Richard Avedon, and Irving Penn. Her career in the world of luxury has its roots in a period of privation. In the early 1930s, living in Tennessee, she documented rural life during the Great Depression. The pictures she produced brought her notice, and in 1936 she was hired by Harper’s Bazaar, where she would stay for the next 22 years. Working in black-and-white and color, of which she was an early and astute adopter, Dahl-Wolfe shot 86 covers and many hundreds of spreads, pioneering the use of natural lighting, and shooting on location and outdoors, approaches that became industry standards.
American , 1895-1989, San Francisco, California