Victor Skrebneski is a photographer best known for his work in the fashion and commercial industries. Born in Chicago, he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1943, and then at the Moholy-Nagy Institute of Design. His launch to real fame occurred when he landed an advertisement campaign for Estee Lauder and broke into high-end fashion photography. Skrebneski’s fashion photography gained more attention, and Estee Lauder’s image was truly solidified due to the photographer’s great talent. He was responsible for the idealized, classic, and beautiful images that appeared in international press.
Skrebneski is also a gifted portraitist and photographer of celebrities. He strived to be original in his approach. He continually tries to create a sense of freshness in his pictures through a constant reinvention of the concept and execution of his ideas. He uses creative techniques such as the blurring of images, exaggeration of the angle, overexposure of the print, or an extremely close crop, to make for more original and interesting pictures. In his portraits, he values imperfections and quirkiness. For a period of time he would photograph different celebrities in the same black turtle-neck sweater as a method of variation of a single theme.
Skrebneski has been inspired by art history, from the contemporary work of Francis Bacon, to the Italian Futurist Umberto Boccioni, to the photographic motion studies of Eadweard Muybridge. Skrebneski’s work can be found in the George Eastman House, MoMA, the Museum of Contemporary Photography of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and many galleries. He has published numerous books and has received many awards, most recently the Pratt Institute Legend Award.