American vogue photographer Roxanne Lowit has handed away at the age of 80. Lowit is regarded one of the most groundbreaking photographers in her industry, many thanks to her intimate and personalized behind-the-scenes photos of the manner planet.

Born in New York Town in 1942, Lowit by no means studied to turn out to be a photographer, but rather graduated from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technological innovation in artwork historical past and textile design and style.

Nevertheless, following enjoying all around with an Instamatic 110 digital camera that was gifted to her by illustrator Antonio Lopez in the late 1970s, and making use of it to shoot her very own patterns backstage at reveals, manner editor Annie Flanders of SoHo Information assigned Lowit to deal with Paris Fashion Week.

Lowit uncovered to load the movie for her new Nikon 35mm digicam on the flight to France. She located herself photographing the scenes heading on backstage at Paris Manner Week and famously shot Andy Warhol and Yves Saint Laurent at the top of the Eiffel Tower on that vacation. On returning to New York, Lowit give up her career and committed to turning out to be a photographer total-time.

Lowitt grew to become a pioneer of at the rear of-the-scenes vogue photography. Her photographs give a uncommon insight into the glitz and heady excesses of the trend market in the late 20th century.

As Vogue writes, “It was Lowit’s intuition to shoot the powering-the-scenes goings-on at style exhibits, even so, that would demonstrate to be a single of her most long lasting legacies—one born primarily out of necessity, she noted, specified that the photographers allowed to shoot the runways at the time were being predominantly adult men. Sneaking backstage, Lowit was capable to seize yet another aspect of the style circus—a kind of coverage that has now become de rigeur for business publications throughout trend month—and offered an personal window into the much more quotidian elements of everyday living as a product.”

More than the course of her job, Lowitt photographed cultural icons like Salvador Dalí, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Karl Lagerfield. But her most iconic photos chronicle the rise of supermodels like Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Noami Campbell, and Linda Evangelista in the 1980s and 1990s.

A representative confirmed the photographer’s death on Instagram final week: “Roxanne Lowit was a famous photographer who presented an intimate seem into the world of manner and confirmed us a facet of nightlife that most individuals did not get to see.”

Picture credits:Element image by Museum at Fit.