Cinematic Portraits of a Young Kate Moss and Other Celebrities

Kate Moss and Marcus Schenkenberg by Stephanie Pfriender Stylander

Kate Moss and Marcus Schenkenberg Harper’s Bazaar Uomo, New York City, 1992

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, GlamourEntertainment 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.

Fashion and celebrity photographer Stephanie Pfriender Stylander has spent 25 years capturing the iconic faces of the 20th century.

Nicole Kidman for Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles, 1995

Heath Ledger by Stephanie Pfriender Stylander

Heath Ledger for Premiere, New York City, 2000

Keith Richards by Stephanie Pfriender Stylander

Keith Richards for British GQ, New York City, 1993

Kate Moss and Marcus Schenkenberg by Stephanie Pfriender Stylander

Kate Moss and Marcus Schenkenberg, Harper’s Bazaar Uomo, New York City, 1992

The Untamed Eye gathers her best celebrity and fashion photographs taken from 1990 to 2006.

Mickey Rourke by Stephanie Pfriender Stylander

Mickey Rourke for Entertainment Weekly, New York City, 1995

Kate Moss and Marcus Schenkenberg by Stephanie Pfriender Stylander

Kate Moss and Marcus Schenkenberg for Harper’s Bazaar Uomo, New York City, 1992

Antonio Banderas by Stephanie Pfriender Stylander

Antonio Banderas for Entertainment Weekly, Wilmington, 1995

Lenny Kravitz by Stephanie Pfriender Stylander

Lenny Kravitz for Code, New York City, 2001

Stephanie Pfriender Stylander Photographer

Roumina and Luca Vellani for British GQ, Rome, 1993

Fashion Photography by Stephanie Pfriender Stylander

Marie-Sophie Wilson for French Glamour, Marseille, 1991

Kate Moss and Marcus Schenkenberg by Stephanie Pfriender Stylander

Kate Moss and Marcus Schenkenberg, Harper’s Bazaar Uomo, New York City, 1992

Stephanie Pfriender Stylander - Untamed Eye

Kate Moss, Harper’s Bazaar Uomo, 1992

Stephanie Pfriender Stylander: Website | Instagram

All images are copyright Stephanie Pfriender Stylander from the book “The Untamed Eye” published by MW Editions. My Modern Met granted permission to use photos.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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