Louise Emma Augusta Dahl - Photographs of Simple Sensuality

“If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred.” 

~ Walt Whitman

Louise was a talented photographer known mostly for her work in Harper's Bazaar during the 1930s. She was born in San Francisco in the year 1895 - living a 94-year-long life permeated with beauty and grace.


Louise's photographs are simple and bright as they move away from chaos, exposing female sensuality in a tender and non-sexual way.


Her husband, the sculptor Meyer Wolfe, was the one who built most of the sets of Louise's photographs. And although she preferred portraits, it was fashion photography what made her famous.

She discovered Lauren Bacall and photographed hundreds of artists of her time - influencing on the way several photographers (such as Irving Penn and Richard Avedon). Today I want to pay a little tribute to her passion, attempting to capture the day through the lens of her camera.

“To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the breaking of bread.” 

~ James Baldwin