Stephanie Pfriender Stylander
Stephanie Pfriender Stylander was born in New York and apprenticed under the celebrated photographer Art Kane after becoming inspired by the photographers she observed at rock and roll concerts. She began photographing fashion for editorial clients such as Glamour, Elle, GQ, Interview, and Harper’s Bazaar in the 1990s, which led to portrait assignments of prominent actors and musicians.
Pfriender Stylander’s cinematic noir style was especially appreciated by European publications, but the demand for more highly merchandised and slickly produced fashion images beginning in the late 2000s encouraged her to step back from editorial work and she pursued other directions in photography. Her fashion and portrait work was re-introduced in 2019 with the publication of her first book, 'THE UNTAMED EYE'.
One of her prominent shoots was of Kate Moss who was completely unknown when she posed on the streets of New York in 1992 for Pfriender Stylander, who likened her to Anna Karina in the films of Jean-Luc Godard. Pfriender Stylander’s photographs for magazines and advertisements in the 1990s and 2000s celebrate a sensuality and grittiness inspired by the French New Wave cinema and she aims for revealing character and psychological truth in her work.
Pfriender Stylander's photographs have been included at AIPAD, Paris Photo, Photo Basel, Photo London, Photo Shanghai, Barcelona’s Festival International de la Photo de Mode, and are housed in the Nicola Erni Collection and other private collections worldwide. Her work has received numerous awards from American Photography, Communication Arts, International Photography Awards, and The Lucie Foundation. As well as a graduate from the School of Visual Arts, New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree in photography. In 2020, Pfriender Stylander and Louise Dahl-Wolfe had a joint exhibition, '2 Women of Style', at the Staley-Wise Gallery, New York.
Pfriender Stylander lives in downtown New York City and continues her portraits and nude works.
Photo Credit: On Location with Antonio Banderas