Deborah Turbeville


Thursday, November 19th. 7pm
The School of Visual Arts Amphitheatre

209 E. 23rd Street (2nd and 3rd avenues), 3rd Floor
(please bring photo ID)

Book signing and sale to follow the lecture.
Free to CCNY members, SVA students, faculty, and staff
General admission $10, $5 for other students with ID

Deborah Turbeville has been one of the world‘s most important and recognized fashion photographers since the mid–1970‘s when her atmospheric images of small groups of female models in evocative locations first appeared. Her New England upbringing gave her an appreciation of weathered and storied environments, which is still reflected in her work today. She moved to New York City before she was 20 and worked for designer Claire McCardell, a major influence on her career. After working first as an editor at Harper‘s Bazaar and then Mademoiselle, Turbeville became a photographer, originating a highly distinctive style known for its soft–focus use of mise–en–scene and grainy, pointillist printing technique.

Her influential, cinematic work appears regularly in American, British, French, Italian and Russian Vogue, and L‘Uomo Vogue and Wmagazine, among others, and her work has been exhibited internationally. In 2006, a retrospective Deborah Turbeville: The Narrative Works 1974-1996 was presented at The Wapping Project (London). She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lucie, the ICP Infinity Award, the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, and the Fashion Group Lifetime Award for Fashion Photography. She has published several books, including her two most recent, Past Imperfect (Steidl, 2009), and Casa No Name (Rizzoli, 2009)

The artist will be signing copies of Casa No Name and Past Imperfect.