It’s hard to describe Mary Russell in just a few words. She was a famed editor for Glamour and American Vogue in the 1960s and ‘70s, a close friend of Yves Saint Laurent, the girlfriend of Gunter Sachs, a true cosmopolitan, a style-icon, and a fabulous photographer. For decades, she has used photography to document her life and work, first in Paris and then New York, alongside the biggest names in fashion (YSL, Gianni Versace, Missoni, Karl Lagerfeld…), photography (Helmut Newton, Peter Beard, Bruce Weber, Frank Horvat…) and iconic artists such as Andy Warhol. Luckily, instead of presenting her photographic treasures in the fleeting and oversaturated world of social media, Russell decided to publish them in a book – and thanks to the legendary gallerist Pierre Passebon, into an exhibition, which recently opened in Paris. Just one day before the official release of her book Entre Nous, we met in Paris to talk about the past, the world of fashion, how “the family” worked, and why her photographs are only on view now. Nadine Dinter: Your book Entre Nous...
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