Louise Dahl-Wolfe was born to Norwegian parents in San Francisco, California on November 19, 1895. Dahl-Wolfe first started taking pictures in 1923 and she studied at the San Francisco Institute of Art. She was inspired to begin her own photographic experiments by the work of photographer Anne Brigman. In the 1920s she spent some time in Paris making documentary films and she set up her first studio in New York in the early 1930s. She soon became part of the celebrated Harper’s Bazaar creative team. She was one of the truly great photographers of the era and her contributions to Harper’s Bazaar magazine from 1936 to 1958 include eighty-six covers.
After her long association with Harper’s ended she continued to work as a photographer for magazines including Vogue and Sports Illustrated. She died in 1989. Her work had enormous impact on great photographers such as Horst, Avendon, and Penn.
Mary Jane Russell ,1949, Paris, Dior Swan Hat photo by Louise Dahl-Wolfe
Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Harper’s Bazaar, April 1938
Lizzie Gibbons by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, 1941
Barbara Mullen wearing Dior at the opening of Dior’s Grande Boutique photo Louise Dahl Wolfe 1955
November Vogue 1958 Model, Vanity Fair,
Dorian Leigh, Jane Derby dress by Louise Dahl-Wolfe, 1950.