Throughout the summer, we will continue to feature photographs from our WOMEN SEEING WOMEN exhibition and the unique stories of the women behind and in front of the camera.
Photographer Deborah Turbeville was born in Massachusetts. After a career as a fit model and fashion editor in the 1960s, she took a six-month photography course taught by Richard Avedon and Marvin Israel and launched a new career with her spectral, purposely out-of-focus photographs. Her most famous image was taken in 1975 for VOGUE. This photograph of five models leaning against the walls in the shower room of an abandoned bath house was considered to be among the most controversial images in the magazine’s history, and was interpreted by some as a paean to “Auschwitz and lesbians and drugs”, as Turbeville recalled. Turbeville published books on subjects and places as varied as Versailles and Guatemala, and photographed an advertising campaign for Valentino only one year before her death in 2013.
Bath House, New York, 1975
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