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Irene Fay

Irene Fay (1914-1986) was an artist who spoke five languages and lived many lives. She was born in Russia, raised in Germany, escaped from Poland, and trained with Gotthard Schuh and Hans Finsler in Switzerland. She emigrated from Europe to New York City in 1948, settling with her family in Greenwich Village, where she lived until her death in 1986. After becoming a citizen in 1954, Irene worked as a freelance photographer to help support her growing family. From 1937 to 1984, Irene created an estimated 3,000 privately commissioned studio portraits, with half of those coming from her New York City studio. In 1973 she joined Witkin Gallery - among the first successful commercial photography galleries in New York City. She was represented there for the next ten years before moving over to Neikrug Gallery. As a member of the famed New York Camera Club, Irene met and became friends with neighbours André Kertész, Lisette Model, Evelyn Hofer, and Diane Arbus. In an inscription in her self-titled book, Lisette Model wrote “to Irene Fay, one of my favourite photographers.”

During her years in the United States, Irene created the photographs that she is most known for – clothing draped over chairs and clotheslines, mysterious exteriors, mannequins, and still life images that study the effects of light and shadow. She photographed the things and people that surrounded her, creating work that was autobiographical in nature and a universe of her own. She was a master in the darkroom, using her skills to transform her images into mysterious photographic objects for the eye. Irene once said, “Perhaps it is my dream to possess a perfectly arranged miniature world of my own, always at my command.”

The prints offered here are sourced directly from the artist's estate and are available exclusively through FFOTO.

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In the FFOTO Blog:

Read our biography: Irene Fay: The Diamonds are in the Enlarger

Find our interview with Irene's close associate, Vance Stevens

Learn about preparing the archive for FFOTO, in Cataloguing the Collection

Enjoy Irene Fay: In Her Own Words

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Bridal Bentwood

Bridal Bentwood

Irene Fay

FFOTO

$3,500
Dock With Life Preservers

Dock With Life Preservers

Irene Fay

FFOTO

$3,500
Vain Dreams on Oxford Street

Vain Dreams on Oxford Street

Irene Fay

FFOTO

$3,500
Skater, Arosa, Switzerland

Skater, Arosa, Switzerland

Irene Fay

FFOTO

$3,500
The White Bench Under The Willow Tree

The White Bench Under The Willow Tree

Irene Fay

FFOTO

$3,500
Fog Around the Terrace

Fog Around the Terrace

Irene Fay

FFOTO

$3,500
Independent Bathing Suit

Independent Bathing Suit

Irene Fay

FFOTO

$3,500
Glowing Nightgown - Her Own

Glowing Nightgown - Her Own

Irene Fay

FFOTO

$3,500
The Strong Glove

The Strong Glove

Irene Fay

FFOTO

$3,500
Veiled Bentwood

Veiled Bentwood

Irene Fay

FFOTO

$3,500
Fitted Sheet On The Line

Fitted Sheet On The Line

Irene Fay

FFOTO

$3,500
On The Line - His Shirt

On The Line - His Shirt

Irene Fay

FFOTO

$3,500