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 (Museum of Modern Art, New York City; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; La Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston). 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. “…[P]hotographs that transform the humble into amazing objects of desire,” writes Margaret Loke for The New York Times. Sandi Fellman’s large scale 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).
Fellman’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 Fellman’s book, The Japanese Tattoo (Abbeville Press: New York City, 1986), now in its 10th printing, attests to the lasting power of this work. Other books include Baby (Rizzoli: New York City, 2000) and a children’s book, A to Z Do You Ever Feel Like Me? (Dutton Children’s Books, Penguin Putnam: New York City, 1999).
The spirit of exploration and collaboration defines the parameters of Fellman’s work. Fellman designed sets and costumes for world-renowned choreographer, Molissa Fenley, which premiered at BAM and the Joyce Theater. She also created photographic murals for over 100 rooms in the architecturally distinguished Shoreham II Hotel in New York City.
Grace Glueck wrote of Sandi’s 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.”