"I don't believe in one kind of beauty. Each woman has her own. We should be able to see beauty in each woman and not try to impose one kind. For the past fifteen years women of all ages, looks and walks of life have commissioned me to photograph them in the nude. For me it has been the most enriching and enlightening experience of my life, both as an artist and a woman." Marie-Claire Montanari.
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 Phillip Halsman.She then became a student and friend of Lisette Model who followed her work for many years. After she first started photographing herself she then decided to turn her camera toward the bodies of other women.