Brought up in New York’s high society, Antoinette Frissell landed her first job in 1931, as a caption writer for Vogue. Yet, because of a terribly bad spelling she was advised by Carmel Snow to take on photography instead. An apprentice to Cecil Beaton and a close observer of Edward Steichen’s work, Toni Frissell pioneered fashion photography by taking her models outdoors and using nontraditional sitters such as her socialite friends, the Vanderbilts and the Carnegies. Placing the accent on the active woman and on a photojournalist-like approach, it was quite naturally that the American photographer volunteered for the American Red Cross, in 1941, to depict nurses, front-line soldiers and orphaned children - ‘I'd rather stalk with a camera than a gun'. Later, bored with fashion photography, she focused on portraiture and became the first female photographer to work for Sports Illustrated, from 1953. Toni Frissell mostly concentrated on photographing women from all environments should it be the glamorous models of her early years, suffering war victims, active nurses or powerful individuals such as Eleanor Roosevelt or Jackie Kennedy and thus became the pioneer feminist commentator of her times.