Only the most classic beauties--at their most serene moments--seem to pass by the lens of Victor Skrebneski. The Chicago-based photographer has been freezing perfect slices of time for 40 years, and a heavy new coffeetable book, "Five Beautiful Women," showcases his quarter-century of work for Estee Lauder ads.
His black-and-white photography of glistening, porcelain faces represents "a classicism of life style, a desire for order which has been missing from our chaotic times," Frank Zachary, Town & Country's editor in chief, writes.
But Skrebneski is less analytical. "A photograph is a mood, a moment, and how you feel about an event," the dapper, easygoing Midwesterner said last week at I. Magnin, Beverly Hills, for which he also does fashion photography. When pressed for details, he offers none. "I'm a photographer. I don't usually talk about things."
He does, however, say his photography has improved since his earliest Lauder ads of hollow-cheeked women with black-rimmed eyes. But so have models improved. "Women are more beautiful today. There was so much disguise in the past," he said.