Sheila Metzner | Trunk Archive
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TRUNK ARCHIVE is a boutique agency based in New York City that represents the archives of the world's leading fashion, celebrity, still life and landscape photographers. Every artist on their roster is acknowledged as being among the very best in his / her genre. To highlight the impressive diversity of images available at TRUNK ARCHIVE we have selected a group of amazing artists to feature in this launch collection.

Sheila Metzner

The photographs by Sheila Metzner belong to the classics of contemporary American photography. Her work can be found in some of the leading collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her style is characterised by a velvet looking surface with a delicate, textured appearance.

Bathed in a distinctive, gentle haze, the scenes appear timeless and retain a magical aura with picturesque colours. Metzner is one of the few photographers in the world who work with the unique French Fresson print, a complicated process involving gelatine oil pigments in five colours. As early as the seventies she travelled to Paris to learn the complicated chemical process first hand in the Fresson family business.

The photography of Sheila Metzner is neither nostalgic nor historical. It produces instead a unique atmosphere through gentle colour contours, whose picturesque soft focus creates the impression of an expensive fabric coating. Her works from the last four decades focus in particular on still-life images, landscapes, and fashion photography.

It is the elegant materiality of her flower pictures that is most reminiscent of Metzner’s legendary inspirations, photographs artists such as Edward Steichen or Edward Weston, and through which an aura of timeless beauty is created.

Christina Wendenburg
1939Born in Brooklyn, New York, USA
1961Pratt Institute, Visual Communications
Art Director at Doyle Dane Bernbach Advertising Agency
Freelance photographer for Valentino, Fendi, Victoria’s Secret, Levi’s, Ralph Lauren
Lives and works in New York, USA

Awards (Selection)

2008Honored Stars of Design Award
1999Pratt Institute Herschel Levit Award
1997Art Director’s Hall of Fame
Art Directors Club
1991-199213th Edition Bronze Award, Photojournalism, Photo Illustration, The New York Times, New York Society of Newspaper Design
13th Edition Silver Award, Magazine Pages, The New York Times, New York Society of Newspaper Design
1987Best Print Advertising Campaign Award, Fragrance Foundation

Collections (Selection)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
International Center of Photography, New York, USA
The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Polaroid Corporation, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
AGFA Corporation, Ridgefield, New Jersey, USA
Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas, USA

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)

2008School of Visual Arts Museum, New York, USA
Galerija Fotografija, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2006John Stevenson Gallery, New York, USA
2002Marion Center for Photographic Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
2001Acte II Gallery, Paris, France
Barry Singer Gallery, Petaluma, California, USA
2000Tibet House, New York, USA
Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy
Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2012Beyond Words: Photography in The New Yorker – UCCA/ Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
2010Women photographers, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Mailand, Italy
2008Traumfrauen. 50 Starfotografen zeigen ihre Vision von Schönheit - Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany
2006American Icons – Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Year Of Tibet Portfolio, Fahey/ Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2005Invito al Collezionismo, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Mailand, Italy
From the Source, Fashion Photographs – Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2002Buds, Blooms & Blossoms, Staley-Wise Gallery, New York, USA
New York, New York – The City In Photographs, Staley-Wise Gallery, New York, USA
1997Fashion Photography, International Center of Photography, New York, USA

Books/Catalogs (Selection)

The Bridge – Sheila Metzner, 21 Century Editions, 2007
New York – Sheila Metzner, Leo & Wolf Photography, 2001
Form and Fashion – Sheila Metzner, Arena Editions, Milan 2001
Inherit the Earth – Sheila Metzner, Bulfinch Press, Hong Kong 2000
Color – Sheila Metzner, Twin Palms Publishers, Altadena 1991
The Modernist Still Life Photographed, University of Missouri, St. Louis 1989
Legacy of Light, A Polaroid Book, Alfred A Knopf, New York 1987
Objects of Desire – Sheila Metzner, A Polaroid Book, Clarkson N Potter, New York 1986
Counterparts: Form and Emotion in Photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 1982
Mirrors and Windows: American Photography since 1960, The Museum of Modern Art, New York 1978

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