With a career spanning 25 years, celebrity and fashion photographer Stephanie Pfriender Stylander has immortalized some of the greatest faces of our generation. From Kate Moss and Keith Richards to Nicole Kidman and Heath Ledger, her portraits have graced the pages of Harper’s Bazaar Uomo, Glamour, Entertainment Weekly, and GQ. Her new book, The Untamed Eye, celebrates the best of her work from 1990 to 2006, paying homage to her instantly recognizable, gritty style.
Shooting entirely on film, Pfriender Stylander creates a narrative within each image, her cinematic style matching perfectly with the models, actors, and musicians she immortalizes. It’s as though they are friends role-playing, with Pfriender Stylander directing the action behind the lens. The relaxed dynamic she creates translates to iconic portraits.
The energetic spontaneity of her photos was a product of the time, something Pfriender Stylander remembers when thinking about shooting in the 1990s. “We were all on the road, there was a fantastic restlessness, we were young and in need of expression,” she recalls. “The great fashion and creative directors let you roam, they gave you twenty pages to express your vision—it was a complete creative playground where we could be rebellious, and the word compromise was not spoken, not even thought about.”
Inspired by Italian Neorealism and the French New Wave, Pfriender Stylander has amassed a body of work that speaks for itself. Over 130 photographs spread across the pages of The Untamed Eye tell not only the story of Pfriender Stylander’s career, but work as a time capsule for immortalizing this heady moment in history.
The Untamed Eye, published by MW Editions, will be available in the U.S. starting September 25, 2018. To celebrate the release, the author will be conducting signings in New York on September 12 at Staley-Wise Gallery and October 15 at Soho House/Ludlow House. An accompanying exhibition will be on show in Paris at Galerie de l’Instant from September 10 to November 28, 2018.