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.”

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Deborah Turbeville (1932-2013)

“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.”

Bath House, New York, Vogue(US), 1975Photographed by Deborah Turbeville, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, 1977Nude at Mantle, Hotel Luxor, FranceGlass House Series, Normandy, Facade Magazine, 1978

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