Portrait photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank was raised in San Francisco, California. Claiborne moved to New York in 2007 and worked at Vogue under Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour. Shortly thereafter, she began to pursue a career in photography and began her first body of work—a collection of portraits of women in her life, which served as inspiration for her debut book, Assouline’s American Beauty, published in 2012. Claiborne’s cover image for American Beauty, of model Lily Aldridge, was on display at the de Young Museum in San Francisco in 2012. Soon after the release of American Beauty, Claiborne moved to Los Angeles and began working on Young Hollywood (Assouline), her second book of portraits, released in 2014.
In tandem with the creation of her books, Claiborne has collaborated with many American and European fashion brands such as Estée Lauder, Ferragamo, Michael Kors, Aerin, Veronica Beard and Clé de Peau Beauté. Claiborne has also contributed to various editorial publications such as Vanity Fair, Town & Country, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Porter and Architectural Digest. Claiborne published her most recent book, Mother and Child (Assouline) in 2018. In Spring, 2021, Claiborne released her first fine art series of modern botanicals. Flowers is a series of ethereal floral portraits, bathed in natural light and captured in the quiet of quarantine. She resides in Greenwich, CT with her husband, James, their sons Hunter and Wilder, and their dog, King.