Sandi Fellman

Sandi Fellman

Sandi Fellman is both a highly acclaimed, internationally collected and published fine art photographer, and a much sought after fashion and still life photographer.  Her fine art photography is housed in numerous museum collections and important private collections throughout the world (The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, La Bibliothèque Nationale, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Houston Museum of Art).  Chado Ralph Rucci, Bill Blass, Saks Fifth Avenue, Clinique, the Art Group, Countess Lucienne Von Doz and Charlotte Moss are among her commercial clients.

Fellman’s artwork has been exhibited, published, and reviewed internationally. 

“… photographs that transform the humble into amazing objects of desire” (Margaret Loke, New York Times).  Sandi Fellman’s large scale split sepia toned photographs are at once romantic and contemporary.  Bordering on abstraction, Fellman’s flower photographs have been elegantly assembled in an award-winning book entitled Open Secret (Edition Stemmle, Zurich, Switzerland, 1999).

Sandi’s 20 x 24 inch Polaroid photographs of the heavily tattooed Irezumi in Japan have inspired and informed generations of tattoo artists in the West.  “Body Art,” the wildly successful exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, prominently featured these astonishing pictures.  The popularity of Sandi’s book The Japanese Tattoo (Abbeville Press, 1986), now in its 10th printing, attests to the lasting power of this work.  Other books include Baby (Rizzoli, 2000) and a children’s book A to Z Do You Ever Feel Like Me? (Dutton Children’s Books, Penguin Putnam, 1999).

The spirit of exploration and collaboration defines the parameters of Fellman’s work. Designing sets and costumes for world-renowned choreographer Molissa Fenley, and photographic murals for over 100 rooms in the architecturally distinguished Shoreham II Hotel in New York City, are examples of just such creative collaborations.  Sandi also worked with art historian Shelley Rice to create an extensive women’s photography collection for Avon, the global cosmetics company.

Grace Glueck wrote of Sandi’s most recent exhibition “Sometimes With Shadows” in the New York Times: “Ms. Fellman’s poetic ways with the camera have been evident in earlier series of pictures, and these photographs continue the delicate less-is-more elegance that has characterized her work.  Nor has her skill abated in conveying the core of her deceptively simple subject matter.”

The Japanese Tattoo


The definitive book on a fascinating art form, whose popularity continues to increase.

A crimson fish wrestles a man. A horned demon stares menacingly. These vivid scenes are tattoos, created in pain, incised in the flesh of the Yakuza, Japan's feared secret society of gangsters. They are the visions of the Irezumi, the legendary tattoo artists, who spend years creating living masterpieces. Photographer Sandi Fellman describes this strange and violent world both in her text and in her stunning, large Polaroid photographs.

American photographer Sandi Fellman used a rare large size Polaroid camera to create these photos of Irezumi Japanese men and women who wear elaborate full-body tattoos. Fellman treats the tattoos as artworks and their creators as artists. Her text touches on the tattooing process, common motifs, the sociology of the tattoo, and relationships between the tattoo masters and their clients. Author D.M. Thomas has contributed two pages of his reactions to these unusual and even disturbing images. The 46 color plates in this volume, most of them whole body nudes, should prove provocative, fascinating, or repellant to a wide variety of library patrons. -- Library Journal

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