|Charcoal Fresson print, 1983|
Signed, dated "83" and numbered "No.8." in pencil by the photographer, recto.
In a contemporary frame.
Stewart was born in London in 1919, but worked extensively in New York and Paris as well. He came to photography by chance, after 3 1/2 years in WWII, when he met Cartier-Bresson. Soon after he began working with the acclaimed Russian art director of "Harper's Bazaar", Alexei Brodovitch. Brodovitch was teaching photography to 20 pupils, including Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, and Stewart. Of the latter he said "You are to engage in beauty, fashion, still life...Everything."
In the middle 1970s Stewart left commercial photography to devote himself to his personal work. He uses the Fresson process (done solely by the Fresson family in France), a charcoal photographic printing process invented in the 19th century. Every Fresson print requires hours of such painstaking work that the Fresson Studio produces only two thousand prints a year. Atelier Fresson is operated by the inventor's grandson who selects the photographers for whom he will print.