As Georges Dambier built and perfected his craft, he was hired by Helene Lazareff, director of ELLE, the fashion magazine. She encouraged him and gave him his first assignment as a fashion photographer. Georges Dambier did not conform to the standard technique of taking fashion pictures, with models standing emotionless and seemingly indifferent to the camera. Instead, he showed models smiling, laughing and often in action. His models were surrounded by local people in a market place in Marrakech, or in a village in Corsica, or – and above all – in his beloved Paris.
Most of all, it was Georges Dambier’s ability to put his subjects at ease (many of them were friends) that helped him create true, intimate and lasting images. With his delicate style, and refined technique, his work revealed a reality of great elegance. As his career blossomed, he became widely known for his ability to capture the essence of feminine chic and glamour in his images.
Here's a collection of wonderful photographs display of 1950s fashion by Georges Dambier. His photos have influcenced fashion designers and capture the essence of the classic 50's woman!
|Barbara Mullen and Marie Hélène Arnaud water-skiing Cap d’Antibes 1957|
|Suzy Parker Daffodil, for ELLE, Spring Collection, Paris 1953|
|Dorian Leigh Champs Elysees, for ELLE, Winter Collection Lanvin Castillo, Paris 1953|
|Suzy Parker with Tulips, for ELLE, Spring Collection, Paris 1953|
|Suzy Parker Tour Eiffel, pour ELLE, Winter Givenchy, Paris 1954|
|Suzy Parker and the kids Paris Summer Collection 1953|
|Dorian Leigh aux Puce 1953|
|>Suzy Parker Hydrangea for ELLE, Spring collection, Paris 1953|
|Bettina Miro picture galerie Maeght Paris collection summer 1953|
|La Librairie (Jacques Fath) 1954|
|Dorian Leigh au Normandie 1954|
|Suzy Parker Photographer with Posters 1953|
|Dorian Leigh et Suzy Parker 1954|
|Catherine and Her Surfboard, Biarritz 1959|
|The Bikini Girl on the Boardwalk pour Jour de France, Deauville 1959|
(Photos © Georges Dambier)