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"Antoinette Frissell Bacon is essentially known for the fashion photographs she took for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. She was one of the first photographers to take fashion models out of the studio to shoot them outdoors in a realistic style that fashioned the image of a new independent and active woman. Frissell said "I became so frustrated with fashion that I wanted to prove to myself that I could do a real reporting job." In 1941, she volunteered her photographic services to the American Red Cross, the Women's Army Corps, and the Eighth Army Air Force, stating "I'd rather shoot with a camera than with a gun". She travelled to the European front where she took thousands of images of front-line soldiers, nurses and orphaned children. 1950s, Frissell took portraits of powerful and famous people from the Unites States and Europe. In her later work, she focused on representing the human condition always using imaginative angles, both physical and metaphorical, from which she covered her subjects.
"... demonstrated a versatility ... in her work as a staff photographer for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Sports Illustrated and in her publication of several photographically illustrated books, ranging from A Child's Garden of Verses (1944) to The King Ranch, 1939-1944 (1975).
...perhaps best known for her pioneering fashion photography and her informal portraits of the famous and powerful in the United States and Europe, including Winston Churchill, Eleanor Roosevelt, and John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy... also known for the imaginative angles, both physical and metaphorical, from which she covered her subjects.
The Toni Frissell Collection (340,000 items, ca. 1930-69)... Frissell's own selection of about 1,800 of her best and most representative photographs have been processed for use (LOT 12452)..."