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Peter Knapp
Nina and Elisa Deauville, 1981. Modern fashion photography in black and white

1981

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Dimensions: 27 x 39.5 42,1 x 55.1 with frame Fashion Photography Peter Knapp was born in 1932 in Bäretswil, Switzerland. He studied graphic design in Zurich and talented in painting continue his studies in Paris. Knapp left Switzerland in 1952 and studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His skills as a page designer and his research into typography, quickly attracted attention. At age 25, he landed a position as artistic director of the famous Parisian department store Les Galeries Lafayette where he was in charge of advertising and window displays. In 1959 Hélène Lazareff,, the founder of Elle magazine, hired Knapp as the artistic director of the magazine Elle, where he worked with some of the biggest names in fashion photography, such as Jeanloup Sieff, Sarah Moon, and Olivier Toscani and also took photographs himself. Knapp went to NY in 1960, and after 10 years travelling through Asia (Japan, China, India, Burma) realizing different reportages, he returned back in Elle in 1974 as its director and he collaborated also with Stern, Vogue, Times, Histoire and La Rechierche. He designed the page layout for a number of art books, including the award-winning books on Giacometti and “Lumières de Chartres”, and he realized the documentaries “Derniers jours à Auvers” and “Moi, van Gogh”. The strength of his fashion photographs relied upon the quality of his personal interaction with his models. His taste for experimentation has always been pronounced; an example is his innovated techniques for creating images such as filming in 16mm to extract photograms, which he then published in the magazine. Knapp was one of the first artists to display large color photographs in galleries, at a time when most photographers were working in the more traditional format of black and white. At 78, Peter Knapp is still very active traveling from France, to Switzerland, to New York, where he continues his artistic work. In this modern picture in black and white, Kapp represent 2 women, the friendship, the happy, the calm, the relax, the summer and the holidays. All this just only depicted her legs and the sea.

Details

  • Artist
    Peter Knapp (1932, Swiss)
  • Creation Year
    1981
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 10.63 in. x W 15.56 in.H 27 cm x W 39.5 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Modena, IT
  • Reference Number
    LU49231715903
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