A publicity portrait of Marlene Dietrich (1904-1992), the Berlin-born actress famous for films such as Morocco and Blond Venus. She is shown here holding a cigarette, dressed in a tailored suit, with hat, bow-tie and cufflinks. The gesso-and-wood frame is hand-finished by craftsmen using traditional 17th-century Florentine techniques. This frame is hand-painted in black.
When European designers need the perfect black-and-white photograph, they turn to the archives of the William Stafford Gallery. Based in London, the gallery sources evocative, memorable images from large and small collections across the globe. William Stafford is known for unearthing remarkable undiscovered works by the most important photographers. The combination of the finest paper and ink on each work guarantees perfect clarity for a minimum of 50 years.