Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday's Fabulous Woman: Louise Dahl

I believe that the camera is a medium of light, that one actually paints with light. - Louise Dahl 1984

What a lovely thought. 

Louise Emma Augusta Dahl (1895-1989) was an American photographer who spent 20 years as a staff fashion photographer at Harper’s Bazaar.  She pioneered the use of natural lighting in fashion photography and shooting on location.  Her preference for a more modern relaxed feel and her innovative use of light are said to have influenced the likes of Horst, Richard Avedon, and Irving Penn.

Images via Museum of Contemporary Photography, HarpersBazaar, demeterlarc, Balustrade and Bitters

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