In her conceptual fine art photography, the American artist Stephanie Pfriender Stylander, employs mixed media to develop a body of work that uses metaphor to explore universal fantasies. Stephanie generates a visual vocabulary with her aim to stir memory and imagination by challenging perception, probing cloaked but felt layers of experience, feeling eager to unveil aspects of inner life. She plays the role of the subject as the shrouded figure, interested in performance and the act of being photographed, creating a instinctual conversation in weaving together emotional artifacts both real and undefinable, with fantasies, memories, and associations. The mise-en-scenes imagery live with natural, enduring materials that hold stories echoing time in its fleeting, ambiguous and symbolic states. Stephanie's work perpetually traffics in the uncanny. Recently for her fine art work Stephanie won a Lucie and a American Photography award as well as features in L'Oeil de la Photographie, Dodho and Aesthetica.
Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York and a Associate of Science Degree from Endicott College in Massachusetts graduating with honors in photography from both institutions. She furthered her education in a 5 year program at the Center For Modern Psychoanalysis in New York. Stephanie began her career in Milan and Paris as a fashion and celebrity portrait photographer, her noted evocative style became widely recognized through her cinematic vision and her intimate portraiture. Stephanie’s editorial clients ranged from Vanity Fair, Vogue’s, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar and Interview to her iconic portraits of the world’s most famous actors and musicians of the twenty first century. Stephanie is represented for this work by the Staley-Wise Gallery in New York and the Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York and Los Angeles.
LUCIE FOUNDATION 2016 International Photography Award, Fine Art . "Roar of Silence"
AESTHETICA Magazine Interview. "Representations of the Self"
DODHO Magazine. "Roar of Silence"
L'Oeil de la Photographie. "Reservoir, In Between, Without End"