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DEBORAH LOU TURBEVILLE
[1932 – 2013] American fashion photographer
I have an instinct for finding the odd location, the dismissed face, the eerie atmosphere, the oppressed mood. - Deborah Lou Turbeville

I destroy the image after I’ve made it, obliterate it a little so you never have it completely there. - Deborah Lou Turbeville

A lot of times there were big mistakes, but I would show the art director and he’d say, “Yeah, let’s go with it.” There would be a strange cropping or one girl in focus and three out or a blur. But I would end up liking the mistakes and incorporating them into my work. And I became known for it. - Deborah Lou Turbeville

It’s seeing all those people who you’ve seen for years, who’ve spent fifty years of their lives just looking at clothes. I mean, I’ve got nothing against them. It’s not really a feminist point; it’s just that I don’t want to be there. - Deborah Lou Turbeville - On fashion photography

I don’t consider [my] photographs fashion photographs. The photographs were for fashion, but at the same time they had an ulterior motive, something more to do with the world in general. - Deborah Lou Turbeville

In these times aesthetic taste is dismissed as irrelevant. Well, I am perverse, for that reason I am more drawn to it than ever. I have been described as having style, of being a mannered photographer… it’s some people’s quarrel with my work and others’ fascination. - Deborah Lou Turbeville

It is the psychological tone and mood that I work for. - Deborah Lou Turbeville

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