Toni Frissell

1907New York, United States | 1988Long Island, United States
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American photographer.

Toni Frissell started her career as a fashion and portrait photographer, marking both genres with a naturalistic approach set within meticulous compositions full of narrative potential. As a board member of Vogue in the 1930s, she innovated by taking her female models outdoors to create scenes that highlighted their attitude rather than their outfits. She collaborated early on with Cecil Beaton and Edward Steichen, and shared their vision of depicting celebrities beyond the veil of appearances. However, her range was much wider than theirs, especially in the field of photo essays. After volunteering as an independent photographer for the Red Cross during World War II, she worked for the US Airforce and Women’s Army Corps.

Like Lee Miller, she was one of the few women photographers who was able to shift from fashion to more demanding subjects. After the war, she collaborated with Life Magazine and Sports Illustrated. Her style became more classical in her balancing of compositions, contrast in light, and way of monumentalising the models with natural elegance. Through her pictures and career, Frissell contributed to expanding our vision of the life of women. In 1971, she donated her prints, negatives and photography-related manuscripts to the Library of Congress (Washington).

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From the Dictionnaire universel des créatrices
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© Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions
Toni Frissell — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Toni Frissell, Abandoned boy holding a stuffed toy animal amid ruins following German aerial bombing of London, 1945, photograph, unknown dimensions, © Toni Frissell Collection (Library of Congress), Washington

Toni Frissell — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Toni Frissell, Fashion model underwater in dolphin tank, Marineland, Florida, 1939, photographic print, unknown dimensions, © Toni Frissell Collection (Library of Congress), Washington

Toni Frissell — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Toni Frissell, Edward C. Gleed, Tuskegee pilot, standing, three-quarter length portrait, 1945, photograph, unknown dimensions, © Toni Frissell Collection (Library of Congress), Washington

Toni Frissell — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Toni Frissell, U.S. soldiers resting among ruins of building, with soldier lying on plank in foreground, on the Siegfried Line, Rhone Valley, German Front, 1945, photographic print, unknown dimensions, © Toni Frissell Collection (Library of Congress), Washington

Toni Frissell — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Toni Frissell, Four P-5A Mustangs flying in formation, Ramitelli, Italy, March 1945, 1945, photograph, unknown dimensions, © Toni Frissell Collection (Library of Congress), Washington

Toni Frissell — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Toni Frissell, Back view of fashion models in swim suits, two kneeling wearing swim fins, and one seated, 1950, photographic print published in Harper’s bazaar, January 1950, unknown dimensions, © Toni Frissell Collection (Library of Congress), Washington

Toni Frissell — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Toni Frissell, Lisa Fonssagrives at Paddington Station, London, 1951, photographic print published in Harper’s bazaar, 1951, unknown dimensions, © Toni Frissell Collection (Library of Congress), Washington

Toni Frissell — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Toni Frissell, Kennedy wedding, close-up portrait of Kennedy family with couple, 1953, photographic print, unknown dimensions, © Toni Frissell Collection (Library of Congress), Washington

Toni Frissell — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Toni Frissell, « Trooping the color » – Sir Winston seated in aisle, to see, and be seen, between 1940 and 1960, gelatin silver print, unknown dimensions, © Toni Frissell Collection (Library of Congress), Washington

Toni Frissell — AWARE Women artists / Femmes artistes

Toni Frissell, Man carrying cross on street, Berlin, West Germany, October 1961, 1961, photographic print, unknown dimensions, © Toni Frissell Collection (Library of Congress), Washington

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