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.”