Kate Moss' angelic teenage visage and New York City's subways and sidewalks are the dual icons of Stephanie Pfriender Stylander's 1992 shoot for Harper's Bazaar -- a love story featuring La Moss in the Big Apple's romantic hot spots with top 90s male model Marcus Schenkenberg.
The then Paris-based photographer Pfriender Stylander was asked to shoot the editorial in New York with a fresh new face who had lots of character, and selected Kate Moss from photocopies sent over by an agent in London. The black and white shoot was Moss's first editorial in the US. Inspired by sixties filmmakers Jean-Luc Godard and John Cassavetes, the images have a cinematic quality, with some tinted and printed on dot screens, an homage to Andy Warhol and pop art.
"Kate was a natural," Stephanie tells i-D. "I spoke to her about French New Wave films and showed her the quirks and attitudes of the female characters and she got it instantly. I remember just being amazed that she understood these 'characters' so intuitively, it was magic to watch and feel," she says, adding, "I knew this story was powerful when I shot it, but now after all these years seeing these images have another life, becoming iconic and collected, it is a special feeling, like you are in love again with something that you missed and you are reacquainted and the love is even richer."
The iconic prints are on sale in limited runs of 50 or 35 for between $2500 and $5000 on stephaniepfrienderstylander.com.
Text Charlotte Gush
Photography Stephanie Pfriender Stylander