From Judith Thurman's New Yorker review of Turbeville's recent show "While Deborah Turbeville does not consider herself a fashion photographer—she approaches the genre, she says, 'with tongue in cheek'— she has taken some of the most memorable fashion pictures of the past thirty-five years. They have been influenced by filmmakers like Jean Cocteau, Jean Renoir, Alain Resnais and Andrej Tarkovsky who, she says, share her “obsession with style and atmosphere.” They also pay Proustian homage—ironic and nostalgic at the same time—to lost or fading aristocratic worlds."
Les amoureuses du temps passé. Photographs by Deborah Turbeville. Edited by Yasuo Kuboki. Designed by Yasuo Ohmichi. Parco, Tokyo, 1989. Unpaged. Quarto. Stiff illustrated wrappers. Black-and-white and color reproductions. Plastic protector.
Moody and haunting images from iconic fashion photographer Deborah Turbeville, one of the more surreal fashion photographers of the last twenty years, taking her cues in equal parts from Atget and Guy Bourdin.
The Voyage of the Virgin Maria Candelaria. Photographs by Deborah Turbeville. Parco, Tokyo, 1996. 110 pp. Quarto. Stiff wrappers in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Original obi [printed belly band]. Toned black-and-white reproductions.
One day, in a small antique shop in Guatamala, Deborah Turbeville spotted what she describes as a "world weary Virgin in a glass box [that] seemed to be peering at [her] with an expression halfway between a sneer and a leer. Her crown had slipped...and her baby sat precariously on one arm...a combination of a Mary Poppins doll and a Modigliani model... This scarce book of dream like photomontages is the stream-of-consciousness travelogue of Maria Canelaria-as the doll was christened--as she and her new owner explored the Guatamalan countryside.