Fashion Photography is a genre of photography devoted to displaying clothing, accessories, beauty, and other fashion items. It's NOT about photographing. VOLUME 25, NO. 2 / SUMMER / $ PORTFOLIO: JOHAN SORENSEN. The Fine Art of. Fashion Photography. COMPLIMENTARY ISSUE • FREE COPY. develop their own style. this would separate one fashion photographer from another. fashion photographer should be able to take an ordinarv piece of clothing.
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The technique of photography was developed in the s, but it wasn't until much later that the métier of fashion photography came into. FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY. Nancy Hall-Duncan. A fashion photograph is, simply , a photograph made specifically to show (or, in some cases, to allude to). Fashion Photography PDF - Free download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online for free. Fashion-photography-pdf.
Industrial restructuring, combined with poor management and corruption led to massive job losses and overall financial decline. Crime rates had skyrocketed, and New York city became synonymous with urban decay and danger.
The city streets were very unsafe, however it did not prevent the thriving of most vibrant and decadent nightlife scene one in Berlin during the s. While the underground music scene gave first glace of the Punk movement Disco had ruled the dancefloor of Studio The legendary club which had seem to epitomize the cocaine fueled, hedonistic, self destructive yet very sexy decadent mode of the decaying and dangerous huge city. Born to the family of German nobleman, he had arrived in New York in , regularly shooting for American Vogue, as well as European fashion editorials by the early 70s, with his career peaking at the end of the decade.
Being strongly influenced by the fellow German fashion photographer Helmut Newton, von Wangenheim also incorporated sexual and violent themes in his work, often tasting just how far he could push the models and the editorial censorship.
Van Wangenheims work is often characterized by being highly cinematic. And again like Newton he was never shy to depict scenes of violence in his pictures. Several times von Wongenheim depicted his models as a car crash victims, with one of the scenes recreated by Steven Klein thirty years later.
Her bejeweled delicate hand clenched by the jaws of a Doberman. Larger than life, they are often overpowering the spectator, looking fierce and at times even intimidating, domineering, dangerous and sexually free.
Helmut Newton stated that one of his bigger influences was Josef Von Sternberg. Austrian film director later working in Hollywood in s, responsible for making Marlene Dietrich a star, and indeed his models posses the self-assured, dominatrix sexuality of the great German actress. There he established his reputation as a portrait and fashion photographer, before relocating to Paris in Her spread legs pose is suggestive, yet very casual, and even somewhat masculine.
She glances directly at the man who stands in front of her with a cynical smirk.
It is very sexually charged photograph, with the woman depicted as a sexual predator, rather than the prey. Occasionally, the role and depiction of men in Newton photographs can be even comical. There is a difference though, in addition of the body of a murdered older man, laying on the carpet in front of the anonymous female protagonist of the image. Implicating her as a possible perpetrator of the murder.
Rather, her status appears to be self-assigned. Like the submissive role in the sadomasochistic foreplay — it appears to be taken for her own sexual gratification rather than others. Apart having the penchant for dressing his models in leather and high stiletto heels, he often experimented with more overt fetish paraphernalia, BDSM attire, false nipples extruding from beneath the models tops and more. It is during s when Newton also started experimenting with medical corsetry casts. Even the more mundane elements of distinctively feminine attire such as high heels and long nails come to posses fetishistic and somewhat sinister feel.
Combined with models habitual vampish make up, razor sharp high stiletto heels and blood-red long nails look like deadly weapons in Helmut Newton photographs, rather than an attributes of a submissive and decorative femininity. The spectator given the feeling of witnessing something private. Not meant for his eyes. Having been working for the industry which although serves as an aspirational source to the wide audience ultimately caters directly to the very limited and very rich few.
Based for many years in Monte Carlo, the ultimate playground for the super-rich, especially during the s and the 80s. Newton still retained somewhat cynical attitude towards this crowd, at times bordering with disdain which is often visible in his work and underlined by the typical sense of voyeurism his photographs carry. Being a well-admired portrait photographer as well, he was also contracted by Vanity Fair. A magazine specializing on a high profile celebrity news and profiles.
Somewhat ironically, his best known editorial shoots for Vanity Fair were ones profiling Super Models, Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer rather than actors or singers. Helmut Newton continued working throughout the s until his death in , alongside younger photographers, who during the last decade of the 20th century started to heavily reference his work from the previous decade, like Steven Klein, to name a few.
Putting Nadja Aurman on a wheelchair, as well as subjecting her to wear other various props as crotches, surgical orthopedical supports throughout the editorial reflect Newton career long obsessions. Despite all these props, Nadja does not look vulnerable. Quite the contrary, she looks tough, dangerous and imposing. The editorial also feature men, appearing as tough, suited bodyguards. They are also typify the habitual role in Newton imagery of being servile to the main female character that is always takes the center stage.
In one of the photographs, Nadja Aurman is carried in the arms by the bodyguard character. She can also afford to pay a bodyguard to carry her in his arms, should these Chanel stiletto heels prove too tiresome for her to walk in.
The male character holding her is not a victorious alfa male. His is a Hired Help. Feet adorned with chic, high heeled shoes. We only see the lower torsos of these women, and everything from the way they are laid to the newspaper sheets covering them implies that they are dead, possibly murdered. In the background, we see a phone booth with a clearly distressed woman making a frantic call. A lot of them seem as passed out or dead, and the vivid, oversaturated colors that since the late s became Guy Bourdin trademark intensify the claustrophobic tension and suspense.
Despite lacking the distinctive visual style that Bourdin had developed later in his career, they definitely reflect the disturbing theatrical connotations that prevail and be dominant throughout his work for decades to come. Dressed all in black, the body of the model contrasts with shiny minimal surfaces, with lurid, almost florescent colors she photographed against of yellow wall and red floor.
Her upper body seem to be cut away by the floor and wall intersection. Their footwear and stockings vivid bright synthetic colors provide a sharp contrast against the muted coloring of the Northern European landscape. Bourdin use of sharp vivid color has a paradoxical effect on the viewer; on the one hand, it overpowers, and contributes to the morbid tension of the photograph.
Probably the best example of such effect is the photograph taken by Bourdin for Pentax calendar in The semiotic message of this image is quite clear — A young woman has just been killed, maybe also raped she is naked. The examples can be seen in Charles Jourdan campaigns. In one, model in red latex dress appear to be urinating on a black and white photograph of a smiling men.
On the other, the 13 model is set in a very awkward pose, doing a back flip on the arm rest of a sofa. Her legs wide open.
And she appears to be flashing to the photograph of John Travolta. The inserted image was not always a photograph, but also a snap of TV screen. One particularly memorable image is shut in far subdued colors than the usual Bourdin vivid palette, which gives it a strong cinematic feel.
Vicki Goldberg refers in her article written for the opening of Guy Bourdin exhibition in Dusseldorf in also to the elaborate and innovative way he used the double-page magazine spreads: in one advertising image, a woman in high heels and a maillot squats with her legs at right angles to her body, holding up a photograph of herself that entirely obscures her face and 14 upper body. His greatest influence however came slightly later, at the turn of the century when photographers duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot Famed for their vivid synthetic color palette one can easily trace significant influence of Guy Bourdin.
Although the colors that Bourdin worked tieresly to achieve through exposure trickery and prop precision now can be achieved far easily through digital retouching. The AIDS epidemic, scientifically established in had quickly entered the public conscience.
First the gay community, then everyone else were gripped in paranoia, and the hedonistic, carefree approach to casual sex had received a grim undertone, while each new casual encounter potentially carried a death sentence. Fashion industry has been hit especially hard, losing many of its prominent members from AIDS thought the decade, including the celebrated models Gia Carangy and Joe Macdonald, designers Perry Ellis and Halston and fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez among many and many more.
The Postructuralist interpretation of feminism that started to emerge during the decade gradually forming into the Third Wave Feminism of today also started to contribute a great deal, in how female body was presented in the advertising. Forming somewhat unholy alliance with the Traditiona Familiy values Institute 5 the pre Third Way Feminist movement has gained and increased power and became strongly vocal about any depiction of female nudity in fashion and other advertising mediums.
Reacting with somewhat over exaggerated aggression to any depiction of female nudity, and often completely disregarding any artistic merit or content of these images, they automatically branded them as misogynistic and exploitative. The two contradictory images of the aspirational woman role model were constantly pushed deeper into the general public conscience through the variety of pop culture mediums from Hollywood films to television and periodical advertising. The second representation had quickly found its way into being interpreted by fashion designers and image makers, as the vampish, masculine silhouettes with over exaggerated shoulders, nipped waist and increased use of traditionally masculine materials such as leather started to dominate Parisian catwalks at the shows of emerging designers such as Thierry Mugler and Claude Montana.
Chris von Wangenheim was killed in a car crash in while on holiday at Saint Martin. Helmut Newton was happy to embrace the new leather clad, broad shouldered dominatrix of the decade, through which his trademark of fetishized, overpowering, menacing sexuality of his larger than life subjects became even more enhanced.
It is exempt from the decadent sexuality with the dangerous edge, as well as narrative, cinematic composition, which was especially evident in the works of von Wangenheim. The models are overidealised, distant and presented for admiration of the viewer, rather than stimulation.
Also very important to note that Male Nude started to dominate in fashion photography, for the first time in its history. The body specifics of the male model had changed drastically and instead of slim figured, hairy chested but relatively androgynous type came highly chiseled, waxed, athletic bodybuilders with ripped, bulging muscles reminiscent of Greek Classic statues.
Highly objectifying his subjects, Mapplethorpe photographs play exquisitely on sharp contrast of the depiction of sadomasochistic homosexual practices and the exquisitely elegant way that were portrayed. Their tanned, well trained bodies are looking stark against the background of the white edifice.
They are presented as an objects of ideal physical unobtainable perfection. Despite the direct physical intimacy the photograph can be far easily red as a depiction of athletic nude camp activity celebrating the physical perfection of the body and the clearance of the mind, rather any allusion to sexual interaction.
It plays extremely well on this dissonance of depicting highly desirable, trained, greased-up male body with gripping veins and the objectified, cold sculptural style of its depiction. With recognition reaching far beyond the fashion world, entering the realms of pop culture they were referred only by their first names; Linda, Naomi, Claudia, Cyndi, and Chrystie.
They had embodied the distant, unobtainable idealized image that had developed through the cultural and political mode of the s. As the 90s came, both the general public and certainly the creative community became increasingly disillusioned with the conspicuous consumption, polished, often overwhelming wealth display of the previous era.
The emergence of Grunge and Rave musical scenes during the early nineties, made the punk- like antagonistic outsider image desirable again. Also the two genres had been firmly associated with drug use. Although the actual drug consumption had never left during the 80s, over the sudden, it started to be glamorous again… The new music, entering through every teenage room through MTV, appealing to teenage angst, also prompted the resurgence of the youth culture, which has been somewhat dormant during the previous decade, to heights unseen since the s.
As a direct reaction against the perfect, siteian supermodels of the late 80s and the desire to embrace and appeal to newly relevant, far younger crowd new stylists like Corin Day started to use much younger looking models. Perfectly coiffured hair and perfect skin was replaced by messy entangled one, and minimal make up.
Suddenly, looking perfect and well kept was the least cool thing one can aim at. Very young, and very thin models were often made as disshelved as possible photographed, in often dark murky spaces, with artificial acidic light.
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