TONI FRISSELL: Photographs: 1933-1967 by Sidney Frissell Stafford

TONI FRISSELL: Photographs: 1933-1967

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Before Toni Frissell (1907-88) became the first woman staff photographer for Sports Illustrated (which was long before the first swimsuit issue), she had already revolutionized fashion photography by shooting models outdoors for such magazines as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. She'd also followed American troops through Europe in WW II, slogging through the mud and having her jeep hit by shell fragments. In addition to her mother's fashion and war photos, Stafford includes a lot of portraits of the rich and famous--a pensive, liver-spotted Konrad Adenauer; a glowering Churchill; a cocky young Kirk Douglas; William Styron sitting in a graveyard; JFK and Jacqueline Bouvier (who edited the book, and to whom it is dedicated) at their wedding. There are also some standard photojournalism shots chronicling black life in the South at the beginning of the civil rights movement. By far the most lively pictures, however, fall under the heading, ""Sport."" Sport, in this case, might as well be a patrician synonym for hunting. Frissell's shots of horses, hunters at rest, and the eager snouts of hounds suggest that in hunting she found one of the few social activities that sanctioned the kind of avidness she brought to her work behind the lens.

Pub Date: Oct. 21st, 1994
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Doubleday