Focus on Fashion: Louise Dahl-Wolfe

Robert Doisneau, [Harper’s Bazaar editor Carmel Snow working on fashion shoot with photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe and model Suzy Parker], 1953

Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Panorama of Paris, Suzy Parker in Jacques Fath Gown, 1953

Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Natalie in Grès Coat, Kairouan, 1950

Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Mary Jane Russell in Dior Dress, Paris, 1950

Louise Dahl-Wolfe studied at the San Francisco Institute of Art but did not take up photography until years later in the early 1930s. After her first photograph was published in Vanity Fair in 1933, she moved to New York  and opened a photography studio. In 1936, Carmel Snow, the editor of Harper’s Bazaar, hired Dahl-Wolfe as a staff fashion photographer after seeing her advertising and fashion work for Saks Fifth Avenue and Bonwit Teller. In addition to this studio work, she was famous  for her outdoor shoots. After twenty-two years at Harper’s Bazaar, Dahl-Wolfe spent two years freelancing for Vogue and Sports Illustrated and then retired in 1960.

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About erinbarnett

Assistant Curator, Collections at the International Center of Photography, New York
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