Georges Dambier - Tailor-Made: Fashion Photographs from the Collection of Peter Fetterman New York Thursday, June 18, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the photographer's archive

  • Literature

    Ramsay Editions, Georges Dambier: Paris Fifties: Regards de Mode, p. 108

  • Catalogue Essay

    Debonair and stylish, photographer Georges Dambier created his own unique brand of mid-century elegance. Dambier was much in-demand as a young photographer in post-war Paris and produced a remarkable body of work, primarily for Elle magazine. In 1964, he launched his own magazine, Twenty, devoted to culture and fashion with a distinctly youthful flare. In the following decade, he co-founded VSD magazine, still in publication today. As a photographer and publisher, Dambier was one of the key architects of post-war fashion photography.

  • Artist Biography

    Georges Dambier


    Born in in 1925, Georges Dambier first studied drawing and graphic design before landing a job in a photographic portrait studio in Paris, where he learned the fundamentals of the medium and settled upon it as a career. In the years directly following World War II, when Paris reawakened and became once again the center of fashion, the young Dambier was perfectly placed to capture the glamour of the time. His first fashion assignments were for Elle magazine, where his refined and dynamic images regularly appeared. In the coming years Dambier’s photographs were published in Vogue, Le Jardin des Modes, Marie France, and elsewhere. Impressed with Dambier’s creative output, Robert Capa was considering him to head up a fashion division within the Magnum photo agency at the time of the photojournalist’s death in 1954. 


    In 1964 Dambier launched his own fashion magazine, Twenty, which was aimed at a younger audience. The following decade he was co-founder of the magazine VSD, whose initials stood for Vendredi, Samedi, Dimanche (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), still in publication today. As a photographer and a publisher Dambier contributed significantly to the richness of fashion photography in the post-war period.  

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Barbara Mullen, Elle 1

Gelatin silver print, printed later.
17 1/2 x 13 5/8 in. (44.5 x 34.6 cm)
Signed, numbered 1/25 in ink and credit stamp on the verso.

$2,500 - 3,500 

Sold for $3,125

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Tailor-Made: Fashion Photographs from the Collection of Peter Fetterman

Online Auction 18 - 25 June 2020