Iconic photographer Robert Farber who successfully melded commerce & art for award winning ad campaigns for the likes of Bill Blass, Geoffrey Beene, DeBeers Diamonds, Bloomingdale’s and Revlon drew the attention of then editor (and Southampton native) Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Impressed by his fashion, nude and landscape works, Onassis brought him into the Doubleday family and published his best-selling book By the Sea, which won the Art Director’s Award for color photography. Interestingly, her estate included copies of his other bestseller Farber Nudes.
Scores of extraordinary images and 10 books later, Farber will be the subject of a new retrospective beginning January 30. The exhibition, spanning Farber’s four-decade career, will be on display at Project 3W57, a special exhibition space presented by Cavalier Gallery at 3 West 57th Street (4th Floor) in New York City (646-590-6900).
When the show was first announced several weeks ago, Farber got a call from Onassis’ niece Maria Shriver who remembered her aunt’s passion for his work and was interested in his artfully sensuous nudes. The Kennedy scion ordered four prints for her home. Upon receiving the prints, Shriver immediately sent the photographer a note to say she was thrilled to join the ranks of Robert Farber collectors.
Southampton collectors Sara Herbert Galloway and her fiancé, Yankees co-owner Barry Klarberg of Monarch Wealth Management, along with Errol Rappaport, Gary Springer and Shelter Island publishers Alexandra Fairweather and Eric Goodman, will host the opening reception at the gallery to benefit National Meningitis Association’s fight to raise awareness of the deadly disease.