Born in 1895 in San Francisco, Louise Dahl-Wolfe attended the California School of Design (now the San Francisco Art Institute). Her interest in photography grew after meeting photographer Annie W. Brigman in 1921, but it took almost a decade for Dahl-Wolfe to actually pursue her hobby seriously.

After a brief …

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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.

Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions
2020
2 Women of StyleStaley-Wise Gallery
2019
Portraits of ColetteJulie Saul Gallery
2018
Portraits of ArtistsStaley-Wise Gallery
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Twins at the Beach, Harper’s Bazaar, 1949

Gelatin Silver Print
11 × 14 in
27.9 × 35.6 cm
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Born in 1895 in San Francisco, Louise Dahl-Wolfe attended the California School of Design (now the …

Medium
Signature
Hand-signed by artist
Frame
Not included

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.

Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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