Carol Fondé spent her childhood on Lloyd Neck, a sparsely-populated historic peninsula off the north shore of Long Island, NY. By the age of seven, she was photographing the land and seascape with a Brownie camera. Carol received her BFA in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She was awarded the Ford Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists and received her MFA in Fine Art Photography from Indiana University in Bloomington, studying with Henry Holmes Smith, a key figure in the development of dye transfer printing for fine art photography. After receiving her MFA, Carol moved to New York City to teach Color Photography at Cooper Union School of Art and launched Carol Fondé Ltd., the first unparalleled color printing service, owned and operated by a one-woman artist/photographer.
Renowned for her unique eye as a colorist, Carol is a dedicated professional, an esteemed color printer, teacher and photographer. Internationally recognized for her expertise in the field of archival color reproduction she provided exceptional museum quality prints for celebrated editorial, fashion, and fine-art photographers. Among the many were Helmut Newton, Christian Witkin, Bruce Davidson, Annie Leibovitz, Gilles Peress, Steven Klein, Joel Grey, Mary Ellen Mark and William Eggleston. For more than a decade she the exclusive position as personal master color printer for Richard Avedon, Francesco Scavullo, and Hiro.
Carol’s personal work reflects her unique perception of color in the natural world. Her land and seascapes have been noted for being intense visual expressions of her reverence for the unusual and sublime. They go beyond description of natural beauty to reveal a sense of the unworldly. Her vision celebrates and glorifies the natural world; at the same time her photographs often evoke feelings of spiritual solemnity. Her fine art photographs of sea and landscape have been shown in many galleries and museums, including the Heckscher Museum, Edward Carter Gallery, Santa Fe Art Institute, Houston Center of Photography, the Neuberger Museum, Westwood Gallery, Woodstock Center of Photography, and Sotheby’s. Carol’s work has been exhibited in Ralph Lauren showrooms worldwide and is often commissioned to support The Nature Conservancy.