Published February 15, 1935
Toni Frissell creates a portrait of Mrs. Allan A. Ryan Jr. in this photograph, which appeared in the February 15, 1935, Vogue. She stands in silhouette near a body of water in Palm Beach, Florida. The use of light and dark is reminiscent of a film still, and it makes for a feeling of glamorous intrigue.
Pioneering and inventive, Toni Frissell (1907 – 1988) captured an abundance of action with a still camera. Taking photography out of the studio while working for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, Frissell shot pioneering fashion photos of models outdoors. She was Sports Illustrated’s first female photographer, and one of the only women in sports photography for several decades. During World War II, Frissell took battlefront photos, utilizing the compelling images to bolster support for women and African-Americans in the military. Creating candid-looking photos with small cameras, Frissell produced 340,000 images in her lifetime.