Toni Frissell was born in 1907 and died in 1988. In the beginning of her career, she was an apprentice to Cecil Beaton and was advised by Edward Steichen. Conde Nast himself was instrumental in her start at Vogue. As her career evolved, Frissell was commissioned by several corporations, such as Gulf Oil and Life.

Frissell stretched the boundaries of the privileged world into which she was born and became one of the most innovative photographers of her time. She conceived the fashion photograph as a snapshot, in the manner of Munkacsi, and brought a freshness and particularly American style to the genre. Her battle front photojournalism captured some of the most unforgettably compelling images of World War II.


Two women drinking coke,1940

Boy and Girl

Vogue, October 1939