Carol Fondé received her BFA in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She was awarded the Ford Foundation Fellowship For Visual Artists and attended Indiana University in Bloomington to study with Henry Holmes Smith, a key figure in the development of dye transfer printing for fine art photographers. After receiving her MFA, Carol moved to New York City to teach color at the Cooper Union School of Art. In 1987, Carol Fondé Ltd. opened in New York City, the first color lab producing exceptional museum quality prints, owned and operated by a single artist/photographer.
Renowned for her unique eye as a colorist, Carol is a dedicated professional, an esteemed color printer, teacher and photographer. Internationally recognized for her expertise in the field of archival color reproduction, she prints for many celebrated editorial, fashion, and fine-art photographers including, Christian Witkin, Bruce Davidson, Annie Leibovitz, Gilles Peress, Steven Klein, Joel Grey, Brigitte Lacombe, and William Eggleston. She is highly regarded for having held, for over a decade, the exclusive position as personal master color printer for Richard Avedon, Francesco Scavullo, and Hiro. Carol has taught Photography at the Cooper Union School of Art, International Center of Photography, School of Visual Arts, Maine Media Workshops and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Aspen, CO.
In 2012 she moved to Portland, Maine where her creative talents are manifested in her business of Fine Art Digital Printing coupled with her on-going career as a Portrait/Wedding Photographer. Her wedding photographs have the distinctive personalized quality of movie stills. In Metro magazine, Carol was noted for “making ordinary people look like movie stars”.