The Elegant World of Regina Relang

Fashion and Reportage Photography

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The Elegant World of Regina Relang
Fashion and Reportage Photography

Ed. Esther Ruelfs, Ulrich Pohlmann, text(s) by Andreas Ley, Ulrich Pohlmann, Esther Ruelfs, Katharina Sykora, Brigitte Werneburg

German, English

2005. 296 pp., 210 ills.


25.10 x 30.70 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-1588-1

This enchanting volume presents 160 of the best original photographs from the estate of Regina Relang (1906-1989). She began working for Vogue in 1938, and became one of the leading German fashion photographers in the fifties and sixties. Relang's spectacular photographs from fashion shoots at the haute couture presentations in Paris were featured twice a year in all of the major fashion magazines in Germany. This book focuses on the fine vintage prints of Relang's early reportages and fashion photography of the fifties and sixties, while also providing insight into the historical context of her work. Not only do her photographs document the changing fashions of Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, and Yves Saint-Laurent, they also trace the transformation of the image of woman in the mid-twentieth century. The photographer: Regina Relang (Stuttgart 1906-1989 Munich). 1928-32: Studied painting at the Kunstakademie Stuttgart and the Hochschule für Bildende Kunst Berlin; became friends with fashion photographer Willy Maywald. Moved to Paris in 1932. The self-taught photographer soon sold her first travel photos; collaboration in the darkroom with Robert Capa; travel and fashion reportage in southern Europe for Vogue and Die Dame. After World War II, she did features for Madame, Constanze, Quick, and Annabella. Her work was distributed by major international agencies including Magnum Photos Inc., New York. Awarded various prizes for photography; recipient of the German Order of Merit in 1972. Exhibition schedule: Fotomuseum im Münchner Stadtmuseum, May 10-July 7, 2005

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