Georges Dambier: The Girls of Summer
July 28 - September 3, 2012
Photography dealer Kathy McCarver Root and her gallery, KMR Arts, proudly announce the opening of its latest show of fine art photography, “Georges Dambier: Girls of Summer.” The exhibition opens July 28 and will continue through September 3, 2012.
On July 28, KMR Arts’ will feature a one person exhibition by the photographer, Georges Dambier. In an era dominated by Richard Avedon and Irving Penn, Dambier’s work stands out as quintessentially French. His images portray an ease and breezy fluency with French spirit and style. Georges Dambier worked for L’Express, Elle, French Vogue, and Marie France. Coming of age at the end of World War II opened up a world of glittering social activity: jazz clubs, beautiful cars, artists, exotic travel, and of course, Paris couture at the height of its glamour and influence. Created in an era when women aspired to present a perfect impression, these photographs show an incredibly fresh faced and spontaneous approach to style. Dambier, who until his passing last year at the age of 86 was the proprietor of a B and B in Provence, worked with many of the great beauties of the era: Suzy Parker, Dorian Leigh, Bettina, Marie-Hélène Arnaud, Capucine, Ivy Nicholson and a young Brigitte Bardot. His fashion photographs are imbued with sophistication combined with an accessible sex appeal. A prolific postwar French fashion photographer, Dambier’s work was largely undiscovered until a few years ago.
Kathy McCarver Root says, “Georges Dambier’s photographs are charming and sexy in a way that makes the viewer want to inhabit the world shown in the images. Created in an era when women aspired to present a perfect impression, these photographs show an incredible fresh faced, spontaneous, and totally chic approach to style. Whether on uncrowded Parisian streets, Cap d’Antibes, or Marrakesh, the glamour shines through.”