Thursday, February 19, 2015

Deborah Turbeville, Gelatin Silver Print, Bath House (for Vogue

Gelatin silver print
USA, 1975
Deborah Turbeville (1932-2013) - American fashion photographer
'Bath House, New York (For American Vogue, 1975)'
Artist's estate stamp verso
Sheet dimensions: 13 ⅝ x 19 ¾ in. (34.4 x 50.2 cm.)
Very good condition
This striking image of languid models in a derelict New York bathhouse was described as "one of the most famous fashion photographs of the last fifty years". Pushing beyond fashion to the avant-garde, Deborah Turbeville's works were fraught with provocative meaning constructed from stages of dissolution. The murky, dream-like quality and sensuous edge in this swimsuit shoot for Vogue magazine unsettled viewers who believed it to connote the Holocaust and drug and lesbian culture.
Executed in 1975 for American Vogue, this gelatin silver print by Deborah Turbeville has the artist's estate stamp verso. The sheet measures 13 ⅝ x 19 ¾ inches. Excellent, original condition.
Deborah Turbeville (American, 1932-2013)
Fashion editor turned photographer Deborah Turbeville was renowned for transforming fashion photography from something clean and sedate to a shocking, dark art form. She began taking photographs on her own in the 1960s, and in 1966, having had no previous instruction, enrolled in a six-month workshop taught by the photographer Richard Avedon and the art director Marvin Israel. Her work first appeared in Vogue in the 1970s, and appeared in magazines like Harper's Bazaar and Mirabella; in newspapers including The New York Times; and in advertisements for clients like Ralph Lauren, Bruno Magli, Nike, Macy's and Bloomingdale's. Turbeville received numerous awards throughout her lifetime, and her works has been exhibited in museums in France, Japan, Mexico and the United States. More