Deborah Lou Turbeville, American fashion photographer died last October, 2013. She is credited with adding a darker, almost Gothic more brooding element to fashion photography beginning in the early 1970s.
Fashion photography was notoriously done in well-lit spaces, Turbeville wanted to create images that were edgier that with a sensuality and strangeness, glamour and decay. She created her own worlds inhabited by pale, haunted eyed models many times photographed in derelict buildings. In 2009, Women's Wear Daily wrote that Tuberville transformed "fashion photography into avant-garde art, — a distinction all the more striking in that she was almost completely self-taught.
The worlds Turbeville created are many times de rigueur in fashion photography today. She was the only woman and the only American in the triumvirate of Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin and herself who changed fashion photography from safe to one that shocked the viewer. It wasn't just about the clothes anymore, Turbeville created her own dark fairy tales where the model and the clothes all became part of the Turbeville world.
Books with Turbeville's photographs