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It’s the time of year I’ve been waiting for – Spring Skiing! This photograph taken by Fernand Fonssagrives captures the exuberant spirit of the season; the warm sun, melting snow, shed clothes, and the effort it sometimes takes to keep your skis in contact with the snow.
Aptly titled “Savoir Faire” and shot in 1935, I can’t find out anything about the photograph or where it was taken. Fonssagrives (1910-2003) was born near Paris and became one of the most well known fashion photographers in the 1940’s and ‘50’s. His work appeared in Town & Country and Harper’s Bazaar.
His first wife Lisa, a Swedish model and dancer, was instrumental in his photographic career, as it was she who gave him his first Rolleiflex camera.
I can only surmise from these bits of information that the athletic women in this photo was his wife and that they were enjoying a bluebird day on a glacier.
I had the opportunity to purchase this print about twelve years ago, but passed it up; what a shame! If anyone knows more about Fonssagrives’ ski photographs or this one in particular, I’d love to know more.

It’s the time of year I’ve been waiting for – Spring Skiing! This photograph taken by Fernand Fonssagrives captures the exuberant spirit of the season; the warm sun, melting snow, shed clothes, and the effort it sometimes takes to keep your skis in contact with the snow.

Aptly titled “Savoir Faire” and shot in 1935, I can’t find out anything about the photograph or where it was taken. Fonssagrives (1910-2003) was born near Paris and became one of the most well known fashion photographers in the 1940’s and ‘50’s. His work appeared in Town & Country and Harper’s Bazaar.

His first wife Lisa, a Swedish model and dancer, was instrumental in his photographic career, as it was she who gave him his first Rolleiflex camera.

I can only surmise from these bits of information that the athletic women in this photo was his wife and that they were enjoying a bluebird day on a glacier.

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