AN OBSESSION WITH STYLE AND ATMOSPHERE
There is a haunting quality to Deborah Turbeville’s photography. Her deep interest in literature, Russian classic literature in particular, breathes in her images – “the odd location, the dismissed face, the eerie atmosphere, the oppressed mood.” A sense of other worldliness, a feeling of languid melancholy permeates the work.
“I have that strange Jean Rhys quality… that inability to move. I’ve had to learn to take my life, or otherwise I wouldn’t walk down the street.”
“In my pictures, you never know, that’s the mystery. It’s just a suggestion and you leave it to the audience to put what they want on it. It’s fashion in disguise.”
top: Bath House, New York, Vogue(US), 1975
middle left: Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, 1977
middle right: Nude at Mantle, Hotel Luxor, France
bottom: Glass House Series, Normandy, Facade Magazine, 1978