Stephanie Pfriender Stylander earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York and an Associate of Science Degree from Endicott College in Massachusetts, she then went on to assist the legendary photographer Art Kane. Stephanie 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.
Stephanie’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, Stephanie had a solo exhibition at La Galerie de l’Instant in Paris. Stephanie will be represented by the Sophie Scheidecker Gallery at Photo London, 2019 and AIPAD, 2019 with Staley-Wise Gallery and La Galerie de l’Instant. 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. In 2018 Stephanie published her first monograph with MW Editions, entitled ‘The Untamed Eye’.
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.’
‘Photographing is a drive, an act of aggression and curiosity all rolled up into one.’