For over 25 years, fashion photographer Collier Schorr has captured the portraits of adolescent youth, blurring the boundaries between gender and identity. To date, the New York-based artist has shot advertising campaigns for Comme des Garçons, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton and Saint Laurent.
Schorr was born and raised in Queens, New York to an automotive journalist father and a therapist mother. In 1985, she graduated from the School of Visual Arts in her native New York with a degree in journalism. Upon graduation, Schorr worked as an assistant to artists Peter Halley and Richard Prince, as well as in the 303 Gallery at New York.
In 1987, the photographer created her first profitable work of art by appropriating fashion ads on plexiglass. For decades Schorr visited a small town in southern Germany to shoot flowers, buildings, and most notably adolescent boys, marking the start of her fascination with youth, gender and identity.
In following years, Schorr documented the ways nationality, gender, and sexuality informed one’s identity, showcased through her work photographs of German boys in Nazi uniforms and of high school varsity athletes in New Jersey. In 1995, Purple Magazine's editor, Olivier Zahm , commissioned Schorr for a fashion editorial on Helmut Lang— her first major commission for a fashion publication.
Over the years Schorr’s work has been exhibited in prestigious venues around the world including the Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and during the 2002 Whitney Biennial in New York. Schorr was appointed to the Yale faculty in 2003 and has served as senior critic in photography.
Today, Schorr is represented by her former employer 303 Gallery and often shoots in her Williamsburg studio, where she has lived since 1989. Since first working with a fashion publication in the mid-1990s, Schorr has gone on to shoot covers and editorials for Vogue, I-D, V Magazine, Porter, Dazed, Re-edition, 032c, Another, Document, Fantastic Man, the Gentlewoman Self-Service and T Magazine.