These atmospheric and cinematic fashion photos embody the spirit of the 1990s

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A new book just published in September showcases the gritty and moody fashion photography of Stephanie Pfriender Stylander. The book, “The Untamed Eye,” (MW Editions, 2018) includes black-and-white images of some of the most iconic people in fashion and entertainment, including Kate Moss, Heath Ledger and Keith Richards.

Pfriender Stylander began her photography career in the early 1990s after earning a bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Not long after earning the degree, she became an assistant to legendary photographer Art Kane. Her career blossomed after she moved to Milan and Paris, where she cultivated a reputation for creating evocative images. Over the past 25 years Pfriender Stylander has worked for many of the leading fashion magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar Uomo, French Glamour, Interview and British GQ. Pfriender Stylander’s “The Untamed Eye” brings together more than 100 of her images that, collectively, embody the spirit of the 1990s.

On working as a photographer during  the ’90s, Pfriender Stylander wrote: “We were all on the road, there was a fantastic restlessness, we were young and in need of expression. The great fashion and creative directors let you roam, they gave you twenty pages to express your vision — it was a complete creative playground where we could be rebellious, and the word compromise was not spoken, not even thought about.”

Pfriender Stylander also says her path to becoming a photographer began when, at age 14, she went to a concert and became enamored not only of the music but of the photographers working the show. In an artist’s statement, Pfriender Stylander said, “Curious as a young girl I started photographing people; I had a need to know who they were. I was also drawn to fashion which introduced me to designers who worked with a signature style and the interpretation of metaphor. My photography is atmospheric, cinematic, emotional, dark in mood, and beauty is fueled by character. These are the ingredients that make up my visual vocabulary.”

Pfriender Stylander and her husband live in New York. To see more of her work, you can visit her website.

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