Born in Paris in 1942, Marie-Claire
Montanari came to New York in 1968 to work at the United Nations.
began studying photography seriously in 1973, taking workshops
with Harold Feinstein, master printing with George Tice and
lighting with Phillip Halsman.
She then became a student and friend of
Lisette Model who followed her work for many years.
Marie-Claire Montanari began doing nude
portraits of women on a commission basis in 1985.
In addition to her nudes, her work includes
studies of the streets of New York, particularly of her downtown
Broadway neighborhood, the antique furniture center, and Wave
Hill, the internationally known botanical gardens located in