David Seidner (ed.) - Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn. Three Decades of Classic Fashion Photography

Reprint of the 1996 homage to the first fashion photography supermodel
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Lisa Fonssagrives, the first supermodel in fashion photography

Swedish-born Lisa Fonssagrives was the first 'supermodel' in the history of fashion photography. A trained dancer who had superior control over her body, she was her own make-up and hair stylist and did not use stand-ins for dare-devil shootings such as Blumenfeld's woman hanging perilously from the Eiffel-tower. She was the most sough-after model from the 1930s to the 1950s, hen

Fonssagrives-Penn worked with top ers such as Man Ray, Horst P. Horst, and Irving Penn, leaving her mark on the Golden Age of fashion photography in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s by serving as the muse for many of the industry's leading photographers.

The book

David Seidner (ed.), Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn. Three decades of classic fashion photography. Munich: Schirmer-Mosel, 2017. Hardcover in pictorial dust jacket,152 pp. 29,8x22x5 cm. Illustrated throughout with 118 plates in color and duotone. Endpapers illustrated in b/w with contacts from a photo shoot at Huntington Long Island in 1951 by Frances McLaughlin-Gill.

  • Edited, designed and with an introduction by David Seidner
  • Essay by Martin Harrison
  • Front cover photograph by Irving Penn, Vogue, April 1st 1950, featuring Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn in a harlequin dress by Jerry Parnis.
  • Back cover photography by Fernand Fonssagrives.

Reprint of the 1996 Schirmer/Mosel homage

Edited by American fashion and portrait photographer David Seidner, this reprint of the 1996 Schirmer-Mosel homage Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn showcases her legendary career through a collection of iconic images and rare photographs from her personal collection.Original English edition with German text booklet.