BEHIND THE SCENES
It was 1992 Stephanie was living in Paris when the creative director, Alessandro Calascibetta from Harper's Bazaar Uomo called with an assignment to photograph an editorial fashion story set in New York City. The direction to create a young, beautiful cool looking couple in love that wandered the great gritty city.
Stephanie contacted a model agent in hopes of finding a 'new face', a different type of girl with unusual qualities, an actress of sorts. The agent in London had just received a few photo copies, 'there is this young girl who is like a punk type of kid, offbeat, cool, petite, unusual'. Once Stephanie saw her photos she knew she had the right character and decided to contrast her with the supermodel, Marcus Schenkenberg.
These photographs are important in the history of fashion photography. It is the collective “we” that romanticizes the age depicted in these pictures. Love and youth are seen here with bravado, curiosity, innocence and freedom, capturing this period of our lives brilliantly and honestly. This was one of Kate's editorial debuts in the United States and little did they know that she would become the 'Marilyn' of our time.
Kate has an innate sensibility with the camera, she allows herself to be curious and vulnerable as she transforms into a character, naturally and securely and lets the photographer portray her through the inspirations of the direction, fashion, styling, scenes and the moods of the story. Stephanie's inspiration for Kate's character derived from the 1960 filmmakers, Jean-Luc Godard and John Cassavetes and in particular the wonderful French actress Anna Karina.
This series of fashion photographs epitomizes Stephanie's photographic style. The use of gritty black and white film, natural lighting, street shooting, casting and a cinematic, story-telling approach to directing, with closeup faces and sweeping reportage scenes , the ambience of the characters and the place.
These photographs have become important in the history of fashion photography. The prestigious Staley-Wise Gallery in New York City and La Galerie de l'Instant in Paris represent these iconic images.