Friday, January 25, 2013

Fabulous Over 60: Henny Garfunkel

Henny Garfunkel, photo credit Kristin Murphy for The New York Times

I couldn't take my eyes off this Woman of A Certain Age: Henny Garfunkel, celebrity photographer. Here's how a recent New York Times article describes her:

Henny Garfunkel, 65, may be the closest thing the Sundance Film Festival has to a reigning queen. A celebrity photographer with a wild personal style — gobs of red lipstick, 19 ear piercings, bouffant hair in the front and a ponytail in the back — she has been high-tailing it here every January for the last 19 years.

And this is how Ms. Garfunkel nonchalantly describes her style: “I know people like my look, which I guess I’d call memorable, but I don’t think much about it,” she said. “I started wearing my hair long because my barber retired. Then I thought, ‘Huh, what would this look like as a bouffant in front?’ ”

She looks strong, confident, full of life and style. I wouldn't copy her hairstyle, but it's not for copying anyway; it's hers. Take a look at some of her work here, if you have a chance. There's a striking portrait of Tilda Swinton, one of my favorite actors/over-40 beauties.


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25 comments:

  1. She's fantastic-- just coooool!!  Love Tilda, too!!  I have one of her quotes on my website: “I would rather be handsome, as he is, for an hour than pretty for a week.” Tilda Swinton in W magazine

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  2. Oh! to have that much confidence and love of self style!  What a wonderful example!

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  3. Henny has cool shoes and a cool jacket, too. Reminds me of when I used to wear a man's blazer for a coat, which ties in with the Tilda quote that Becky left. Handsome women rock!

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  5. I'd be just as happy to be photographed with her, as by her!

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  6. She looks wonderful.

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  7. I love everything about her except her hair.  Sorry, but just not a fan of that look. Love her scarf, jacket and boots.  I actually think she would look even more amazing if she had a shorter haircut.

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  8. Henny is totally fab, and I love that she goes all out with her look.  Life is about fun and not being all prim and proper 100% of the time.

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  9. Love her style!  Wear what you want and rock what you wear :-)

    Monica
    www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  10. She is an inspiration to all of us and a snub-of-the-nose to those who put age down as a reason to not be yourself!

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  11. She's got looks and talent!
    There's so much admiration on Hollywood to the point of it getting sickening. But the thing I love about Sundance is the way it reveals the actors in a more believable state. And I believe that may be some of the attraction to it as an actor. If I was in the business I'd definitely want to be involved in it in some form or another.

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  12. She is eccentric! Funny when I look at this picture and compare it with my post of today... a world apart! Have a great weekend!
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  13. I had not heard of her, so thank you for sharing. She looks like she would be fun to spend time with and an interesting character. I so much prefer 'interesting' to 'attractive' (yawn). 

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  14. Playing with ScarvesJanuary 26, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Confidence is obviously the secret for aging well.....
    Cheers,
    Anne Touraine (Playing with Scarves)

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  15. She looks so happy and confident - like I hope I will at that age too!

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  16. I love her look!  She's amazing!!  Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Love love love!

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  18. I bet she's a hoot to hang out with!!!

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  19. I don't think I've ever seen a better picture capturing someone loving life and loving her place in the world. Great person to feature, Patti!

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  21. what an ultra cool photo
    thanks for sharing about her
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  22. Patti, Henny Garfunkle is the #1 reason my friends and I fight the crowds each year and head up to Park City for the Sundance, (it's only 20 minutes from my home). She is so fun and unique.

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