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Deborah Turbeville
Birth: Jul. 6, 1932
Stoneham
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Oct. 24, 2013
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Photographer. Called the "anti-Helmut Newton", she recorded two generations worth of changing tastes, in the process helping turn fashion photography into a high art. Raised in the Boston suburbs and in Maine, she was well educated in private schools and as a young woman moved to New York where she worked as an assistant and model for designer Clare McCardell; after holding editorial positions at "Harper's Bazaar" and "Mademoiselle" she began taking photos during the early 1960s, greatly helped by enrolling in a six month course taught by Richard Avedon. Deborah set about creating a large body of work, some of which was controversial; where Newton frequently used naked models, Deborah's (usually) had clothes, but she often manipulated the focus of her camera and altered her negatives in various ways to give the pictures an other-worldly quality. Her photographs were frequently seen in the "New York Times" as well as in the various editions of "Vogue" and all of the other high-fashion publications of the day. A swimsuit shoot she did for American "Vogue" in 1975 yielded her most iconic images, "The Bathhouse" series, a collection of pictures of five girls taken in a run-down New York City bathhouse. Though the photos were acclaimed by some reviewers and criticized by others, Deborah had made a name for herself; while continuing to create advertisements for the fashion industry, she released a number of collections including the 1978 "Wallflower", 1981's "Unseen Versailles", a view of the usually inaccessible parts of the palace, and 1994's "Newport Remembered", a book of scenes from the Gilded Age. She was to spend her last years dividing her time between New York and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, author a number of articles for technical journals, and see her work exhibited in major museums. Deborah published a look at Mexico entitled "Casa No Name" (2009) and the 2011 "Deborah Turbeville: The Fashion Photographs", shot Valentino's 2012 ad campaign, remained active until her terminal illness, and died of lung cancer. Some sources wrongly give her birth year as either 1937 or 1938. Of her best remembered pieces she said: "And all I was doing was trying to design five figures in space". (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Ashes given to Deborah's brother
 
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Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Oct 28, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 119451452
Deborah Turbeville
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- Janis Coleman
 Added: Jul. 6, 2015

- Bob Hufford
 Added: Jul. 6, 2014
Rest in peace lovely lady.
-Anonymous
 Added: Dec. 16, 2013
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