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TRUNK ARCHIVE is a boutique agency based in New York City that represents the archives of the world's leading fashion, celebrity, still life and landscape photographers. Every artist on their roster is acknowledged as being among the very best in his / her genre. To highlight the impressive diversity of images available at TRUNK ARCHIVE we have selected a group of amazing artists to feature in this launch collection.
The photographs by Sheila Metzner belong to the classics of contemporary American photography. Her work can be found in some of the leading collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her style is characterised by a velvet looking surface with a delicate, textured appearance.
Bathed in a distinctive, gentle haze, the scenes appear timeless and retain a magical aura with picturesque colours. Metzner is one of the few photographers in the world who work with the unique French Fresson print, a complicated process involving gelatine oil pigments in five colours. As early as the seventies she travelled to Paris to learn the complicated chemical process first hand in the Fresson family business.
The photography of Sheila Metzner is neither nostalgic nor historical. It produces instead a unique atmosphere through gentle colour contours, whose picturesque soft focus creates the impression of an expensive fabric coating. Her works from the last four decades focus in particular on still-life images, landscapes, and fashion photography.
It is the elegant materiality of her flower pictures that is most reminiscent of Metzner’s legendary inspirations, photographs artists such as Edward Steichen or Edward Weston, and through which an aura of timeless beauty is created.
1939 Born in Brooklyn, New York, USA 1961 Pratt Institute, Visual Communications Art Director at Doyle Dane Bernbach Advertising Agency Freelance photographer for Valentino, Fendi, Victoria’s Secret, Levi’s, Ralph Lauren Lives and works in New York, USAAwards
2008 Honored Stars of Design Award 1999 Pratt Institute Herschel Levit Award 1997 Art Director’s Hall of Fame Art Directors Club 1991-1992 13th Edition Bronze Award, Photojournalism, Photo Illustration, The New York Times, New York Society of Newspaper Design 13th Edition Silver Award, Magazine Pages, The New York Times, New York Society of Newspaper Design 1987 Best Print Advertising Campaign Award, Fragrance FoundationCollectionsThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
International Center of Photography, New York, USA
The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Polaroid Corporation, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
AGFA Corporation, Ridgefield, New Jersey, USA
Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas, USAExhibitions
2008 School of Visual Arts Museum, New York, USA Galerija Fotografija, Ljubljana, Slovenia 2006 John Stevenson Gallery, New York, USA 2002 Marion Center for Photographic Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA 2001 Acte II Gallery, Paris, France Barry Singer Gallery, Petaluma, California, USA 2000 Tibet House, New York, USA Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA
2012 Beyond Words: Photography in The New Yorker – UCCA/ Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China 2010 Women photographers, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Mailand, Italy 2008 Traumfrauen. 50 Starfotografen zeigen ihre Vision von Schönheit - Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany 2006 American Icons – Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada Year Of Tibet Portfolio, Fahey/ Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, USA 2005 Invito al Collezionismo, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Mailand, Italy From the Source, Fashion Photographs – Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada 2002 Buds, Blooms & Blossoms, Staley-Wise Gallery, New York, USA New York, New York – The City In Photographs, Staley-Wise Gallery, New York, USA 1997 Fashion Photography, International Center of Photography, New York, USA