Photography

Frissell, Toni (1907 - 1988)

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.

Tags / Toni Frissell - American Photographer - Fashion - Social - War - Sports
Toni Frissell, Mrs Ryan in Palm Beach, 1935
Toni Frissell, Mrs Ryan in Palm Beach, 1935
Toni Frissell for Vogue, Marineland, Florida, 1939
Toni Frissell for Vogue, Marineland, Florida, 1939
Toni Frissell, Lisa Fonssagrives at Victoria Station, London, 1951
Toni Frissell, Lisa Fonssagrives at Victoria Station, London, 1951
Toni Frissell, 1950
Toni Frissell, 1950
Toni Frissel for Harper's Bazaar, February 1947
Toni Frissel for Harper's Bazaar, February 1947
Toni Frissel, Model for Vogue, 1935
Toni Frissel, Model for Vogue, 1935
Toni Frissell, Weeki Wachee Spring in Florida for Harper's Bazaar, 1947
Toni Frissell, Weeki Wachee Spring in Florida for Harper's Bazaar, 1947
Toni Frissell, Dorian Leigh at the Swedish-American Line pier, NY, for Harper's Bazaar, 1949
Toni Frissell, Dorian Leigh at the Swedish-American Line pier, NY, for Harper's Bazaar, 1949
Toni Frissell, Cover for Vogue US, Hawaii, 1938
Toni Frissell, Cover for Vogue US, Hawaii, 1938
Toni Frissell, Dorien Leigh by Toni Frissell, 1950
Toni Frissell, Dorien Leigh by Toni Frissell, 1950
Toni Frissell, Dovima for Harper’s Bazaar, Montego Bay, Jamaica, 1945
Toni Frissell, Dovima for Harper’s Bazaar, Montego Bay, Jamaica, 1945
Tony Frissell for Vogue, 1938
Tony Frissell for Vogue, 1938
Toni Frissell for Harper's Bazaar, 1948
Toni Frissell for Harper's Bazaar, 1948
Toni Frissell, Jacqueline Kennedy on her wedding day, September 12, 1953
Toni Frissell, Jacqueline Kennedy on her wedding day, September 12, 1953
Toni Frissell, Model with llamas, Peru, 1952
Toni Frissell, Model with llamas, Peru, 1952
Toni Frissell, Harper’s Bazaar, October 1948, Jamaica
Toni Frissell, Harper’s Bazaar, October 1948, Jamaica
Toni Frissell, September 12, 1953 wedding of Senator John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier
Toni Frissell, September 12, 1953 wedding of Senator John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier
Toni Frissell, 1948
Toni Frissell, 1948
Toni Frissell for Harper’s Bazaar, 1949
Toni Frissell for Harper’s Bazaar, 1949
Toni Frissell for Vogue, June 1941
Toni Frissell for Vogue, June 1941
Toni Frissell, Two women drinking coke,1940
Toni Frissell, Two women drinking coke,1940
Toni Frissell for Vogue, 1939
Toni Frissell for Vogue, 1939
Toni Frissell for Vogue, June 1940
Toni Frissell for Vogue, June 1940
Toni Frissell, WAAC Officers Sitting Under Hair Dryers at Salon, 1943
Toni Frissell, WAAC Officers Sitting Under Hair Dryers at Salon, 1943
Toni Frissell, Weeki Wachee Mermaids, Florida, 1947
Toni Frissell, Weeki Wachee Mermaids, Florida, 1947
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