Deborah Turbeville (Deborah Turbeville)

Deborah Turbeville

Deborah Lou Turbeville (July 6, 1932 – October 24, 2013) was an American fashion photographer. She is widely credited with adding a darker, more brooding element to fashion photography, beginning in the early 1970s. Turbeville is one of just three photographers, together with Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton, who essentially changed fashion photo shoots from traditional, well-lit images into something much more edgy. She was the only woman and only American among this trio. In 2009, Women’s Wear Daily wrote that Tuberville transformed “fashion photography into avant-garde art.” Her photographs appeared in numerous publications and fashion advertisements, including ads for Bloomingdale’s, Bruno Magli, Nike, Ralph Lauren and Macy’s.  In February 2014, Erika Cavallini’s fall collection was photographed at an event using rising photographers on recurted from Instagram and from Vogue Italia.  The event was “a tribute to Deborah Turbeville, who died” October 2013 “at the age of 81.”  Born in 1932 in Stoneham, Massachusetts, Turbeville died from lung cancer at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan on October 24, 2013, at the age of 81.


  • July, 06, 1932
  • USA
  • Stoneham, Massachusetts


  • October, 24, 2013
  • USA
  • Manhattan, New York


  • Cremated

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