Deborah Turbeville: Photocollage

Deborah Turbeville: Photocollage

Nathalie Herschdorfer

Thames & Hudson

The American photographer Deborah Turbeville (1934–2013) was a pioneering woman working in a male-dominated era. Emerging as a major talent in the 1970s, her unique visual signature featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Nova and The New York Times and for fashion labels such as Comme des Garçons, Guy Laroche and Charles Jordan. This publication focuses on the area of Turbeville’s practice where her genius as an artist can be found: photocollage. In contrast to her contemporaries, Turbeville would deliberately be playful with her images, xeroxing, cutting, scraping and pinning prints together and writing words in the margins to create narratives. With many of the images published here for the first time, the book reveals how Turbeville redefined fashion photography, moving away from the sexually provocative stereotypes by male photographers to an idea of femininity on her terms. 

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