Born in Paris in 1942, Marie-Claire MONTANARI came to New-York in 1968 to work at the United Nations.
She began studying photography seriously in 1973, taking workshops with Harold FEINSTEIN, master printing with George TICE and lighting with Philip HALSMAN.
She then became a student of Lisette MODEL who followed her work for many years.
After taking artistic pictures of herself in the nude she decided to offer her services to normal women. So for the past 18 years women have come to her to be photographed in the nude and the final result is a surprise gift for their fiancé, husband etc…
In addition to her nudes, her work includes studies in Black & White of the streets of New York, particularly of her Broadway downtown neighborhood, the antique furniture center and Wave Hill, the internationally known botanical garden in the Bronx.
She is also printing digital prints in color of a whole project she photographed in France in 1993 and 1994. They are abstract images of fishing boats and yachts. These were taken in the South of France in Hyeres, during a rehabilitation following an invasive back surgery.