“Franz Walderdorff’s photographs do something very difficult: that is, they look very easy to achieve, and they aren’t. Walderdorff’s primary subject is beauty; he was on contract with Allure magazine from the day it launched and for the next 20 years, regularly contributing beauty pictures with the energy of a film-maker and the technical precision of a portraitist in an approach that precisely echoed the magazine’s ethos. That easygoing feel, combined with visual high definition, is also what Walderdorff brings to his other work, whether in fashion or portraiture. Every element—from the choice of lighting, location and model through his comfortable, respectful rapport with his subjects, to the loyal team of experts he prefers to work with—contributes to this way of seeing. It’s a truism that ultimately photographers only shoot their own personalities, but that is certainly the case with Walderdorff: he’s relaxed, charming, positive, uncomplicated, truthful, energetic, attractive and hardworking, and all that is very much there in the photographs themselves.” —Lucy Sisman, Creative Director


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