Born in San Francisco in 1895, Louise Dahl-Wolfe took her first pictures in 1923. In 1936, she joined Carmel Snow, Alexey Brodovitch and Diana Vreeland, respectively, the editor-in-chief, artistic director and fashion editor of the magazine Harper’s Bazaar. Her collaboration with the magazine lasted 22 years and 86 covers. She helped discover a teenager named Lauren Bacall, whom she photographed for the magazine’s cover in 1943. Dahl-Wolfe had a great influence on photographers like Horst P. Horst, Richard Avedon and Irving Penn.
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