Stephanie Pfriender Stylander earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York and a Associate of Science Degree from Endicott College in Massachusetts graduating with honors in photography from both institutions, she then went on to assist the legendary photographer Art Kane. Pfriender Stylander began her career in Milan and Paris as a fashion and celebrity photographer, her noted evocative style became widely recognized through her cinematic vision, gritty realism and intimate portraiture. Her editorial clients ranged from Vanity Fair, Vogue's, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar Uomo, and Interview among others, to her iconic portraits of the world’s most famous actors and musicians of the twenty first century.
Pfriender Stylander’s photographs have been included in exhibitions at Festival International de la Photo de Mode, Art Basel Miami, La Galerie de l’Instant, Paris Photo, Photo Shanghai, and are housed in private collections. In the fall of 2018, Pfriender Stylander had a solo exhibition at La Galerie de l’Instant in Paris. She has won numerous awards from the Lucie Foundation, American Photography, Communication Arts and Graphis. She is represented by the Staley-Wise Gallery, New York, La Galerie de I' Instant, Paris and Izzy Gallery, Toronto.
The Untamed Eye, her first monograph of fashion and celebrity photographs released in September 2018, published by MW Editions. This new monograph introduces you to what Pfriender Stylander produced in that atmosphere: evocative photographs capturing sweeping, cinematic fashion stories and intimate portraits of celebrities, all tinged with the photographer's gritty realism. From a very young, unknown Kate Moss to rock legend Keith Richards, Pfriender Stylander finds the hidden essence in her subjects, an unseen character and vulnerability in even the most seasoned veterans.
Musee ‘Showcasing a photographer who could see through the thin veneer of immortality promised by celebrity and instead, showed us character.’
L’Oeil de la Photographie ‘A very nice success of sensuality and eroticism.’
French Vogue ‘Intense and poetic photos take visual inspiration from 1940s Italian neo-realism, the French 1960s New Wave movement and films by John Cassavetes.’
Wallpaper ‘Her aesthetic is thus one of ‘gritty realism’, with big close-ups, grainy film, deep dark-lined eyes, creased foreheads and dusty landscapes.’
Elle Italia ‘Her black and white visions do not stop at the surface and are closer to the French New Wave than to Hollywood, the intriguing style aims to extract glimpses of naturalness from the world of fashion and celebrities, the fragility hidden by the dazzling light.’
French Grazia ‘They bear her indelible mark.’
Schon ‘Innate emotion, grit and passion translate through her photography, earning her the status of visual storyteller.’
The Washington Post ‘These atmospheric and cinematic fashion photos embody the spirit of the 1990s.’
i-D ‘Important pictures happen when I get into a stream of consciousness, a ‘dance’ with the subject: this is the part that is untamed, and for me the most interesting.’
Vogue Spain ‘A series of images already iconic that speak of a lifetime dedicated to capturing what is hidden behind the character.’