“Paris In The Springtime” Comes To Santa Monica's Peter Fetterman Gallery

Friday, 22 Mar 2013, 9:28:00 AM

Mitch James

Georges Dambier’s “Pin up Deauville.” Archival pigment print. 1959.
Courtesy Of The Gallery
Georges Dambier’s “Pin up Deauville.” Archival pigment print. 1959.

Peter Fetterman Gallery presents the exhibition Georges

Dambier (1925-2011), a solo exhibition of significant 1950s fashion photography

and “Paris in the Springtime,” a group exhibition featuring classic

masterpieces of humanist photography.

An opening reception will be held this Saturday, March

23 from 4 pm to 7 pm.

The exhibition runs through June 8.

Dambier began his career in post-war Paris as a

photojournalist with a background in graphic design and portraiture before he

began photographing for fashion magazines in the 1940s.

Although often overlooked in the history of fashion

photography, Dambier was a contemporary of Irving Penn and Richard Avedon and

became the key photographer for French Elle after receiving his first job from

director Helene Lazzareff.

The photographs on display, most of which have never

been exhibited, are from a period of the 1950s at the height of his career

photographing legendary models including Suzy Parker, Bettina, Barbara Mullen,

Brigitte Bardot, Capucine, and Sophie Litvak.

The artist’s close friendship with many of his models

produced uniquely humble fashion imagery showing chic feminine style at ease in

everyday situations; the models are confident yet still delicate while in

action on city sidewalks, beaches and in hotels.

This is the first west coast exhibition of Dambier’s

work and consists of over thirty prints that display his masterful use of

lighting and focus to create arresting images of style and femininity.  

“Paris in the Springtime” exhibits photographs documenting

daily life in the French capital during the mid-20th Century by legendary

photographers of the era.

As gallery owner Peter Fetterman’s favorite city, Paris

has always been a consistent theme of the gallery’s collection specializing in

French humanist photography.

As a close friend and collaborator, legendary

photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson was instrumental in introducing many of his

contemporaries to the gallery including several of the exhibited artists such

as Willy Ronis, Martine Franck, Edouard Boubat, Louis Stettner, Melvin

Sokolsky, Elliott Erwitt and more.

Iconic photographs and rare gems from 30 years of

collecting fine classic photography display the essence of the City of Light

through the eyes of some of its greatest historical spectators.

The gallery is located at 2525 Michigan Ave. A1

(Bergamot Station), Santa Monica. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11

am to 6 pm.

For more information, call 310.453.6463 or visit peterfetterman.com.

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