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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