Born in Germany, of Russian and Polish parents, Marlene was
raised in New
York City. She has had a long interest in a variety of the arts. She graduated
from the High School of Art & Design in New York and studied painting at the
Brooklyn Museum Art School. She went on to receive her BA from
Elmira College in Art History and Modern Languages. While
at college she developed an interest in antique quilts, which led to an
in-depth study of textiles. Because of this growing interest, Marlene opened a
boutique in Manhattan specializing in antique clothing from the
20’s and 30’s. She traveled to Paris and throughout the United States to find vintage items for the shop.
As a result of her
work creating store windows, she developed a desire to explore freelance
styling. She quickly enhanced her career as a specialty textile dealer to
include editorial and advertising work. In collaborating with the many photographers
that she came in contact with grew a fascination with the art form of photography.
She honed her skills as a photographer through careful exploration working with
the many experts working in the field of editorial photography, as well as by
enrolling at the International Center for Photography.
progression in photography led her to landscapes and, as a result, she has traveled
to Ireland, Italy and France. More recently, she has returned to her editorial roots by capturing the
spontaneity of fashion backstage during the runway shows.
“The process from
the beginning to end is very important to me and therefore I do my own
printing. That part is magic for me”. Her work has been exhibited at the
Morgan-Fredrics Gallery and Prudence Designs, both in
Marlene has also done
editorial work for Architectural Digest, Victoria Magazine, Southern Accents,
New York Times Magazine and Bergdorf Goodman. She is currently working on two
Marlene finds her
inspiration in revealing the sublime in an instant. “What motivates me to take
a picture is seeing something of beauty and seizing the ultimate moment.”