STEPHANIE PFRIENDER STYLANDER (born 1960)
Stephanie Pfriender Stylander was born in New York and apprenticed under the celebrated photographer Art Kane after becoming inspired by the photographers she observed at rock and roll concerts. She began photographing fashion for editorial clients such as Glamour, Elle, GQ, Interview, and Harper’s Bazaar in the 1990s, which led to portrait assignments of prominent actors and musicians.
One of her prominent shoots was of Kate Moss who was unknown when she posed on the streets of New York in 1992 for Pfriender Stylander, who likened her to Anna Karina in the films of Jean-Luc Godard. Pfriender Stylander’s photographs for magazines and advertisements in the 1990s and 2000s celebrate a sensuality and grittiness, revealing character and psychological truth, inspired by the French New Wave cinema.
Stylander's fashion and portrait work was re-introduced in 2019 with the publication of her first book "The Untamed Eye" and in the exhibition "2 WOMEN OF STYLE: Louise Dahl-Wolfe and Stephanie Pfriender Stylander" at Staley-Wise Gallery in 2020.
Pfriender Stylander's photographs have been included at Paris Photo, Photo Basel, Photo London, Photo Shanghai, AIPAD New York, Highlights Art Fair Munich, and Barcelona’s Festival International de la Photo de Mode. Her work has received numerous awards from American Photography, Communication Arts, International Photography Awards, and The Lucie Foundation.
She is a graduate from the School of Visual Arts, New York with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography and an Associate of Science in photography from Endicott College, Massachusetts.
Pfriender Stylander lives with her husband in downtown New York City.