July 21, 2014

Lace Faced

Edward Steichen and Mert & Marcus

To commemorate her transition out of silent films and into talkies, Edward Steichen photographed American actress Gloria Swanson in 1924. A pioneer in the field of fashion photography, Steichen would build a prolific body of work capturing the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age. In Swanson’s portrait, Steichen ...

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June 23, 2014

Surf the Net

Herb Ritts and Gian Paolo Barbieri

The beach was a frequent mise-en-scène for Herb Ritts photographs, which often featured nude, sometimes gowned, statuesque women emerging from the ocean or sprawled out amongst the sand. In 1987, Herb–short for Herbert–would photograph Danish model Brigitte Nielsen on a beach in Malibu. Swathed in a ...

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June 16, 2014

Strike Gold

6.15 Deborah Turbeville and Nicholas Kern

Fashion Editor turned photographer Deborah Turbeville, who recently passed this last October, is remembered for her grainy, soft-focused images that depicted and above all celebrated women. Ultra-femme with an underlying darkness, Turbeville’s work would make its way into the pages of Mademoiselle and Vogue by the ...

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June 2, 2014

Well Heeled

David Bailey and Terry Richardson

Long before Terry Richardson’s overt, unabashedly sexy and borderline-pornographic photographs, were those by David Bailey, Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin. Employing sex as a shock-factor in fashion photography is not a recent phenomena and evident in the work of even the most unsuspecting photographers throughout ...

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May 22, 2014

Change the Chanel

Steven Meisel and Alberto Tommaso Badalamenti

Considered somewhat of an enigma to the fashion industry, photographer Steven Meisel is notorious for abstaining from interviews and shying away from the camera, unless of course, he is behind the lens. In 1988, Meisel shot his first cover for Vogue Italia, beginning a long relationship with the magazine– Meisel ...

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April 28, 2014

Café Society

rving Penn and Mario Testino

In Lima, Peru, Irving Penn would photograph model Jean Patchett on her first Vogue assignment for the editorial, “Flying Down to Lima.” Penn’s well-known image of the then 22-year-old model was reportedly taken candidly, as Patchett awaited the next scene, unknowing of the camera upon her. For Vogue’s May ...

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March 29, 2014

Bottoms Up

Bert Stern

Art director and photographer Bert Stern’s images of Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant and Elizabeth Taylor personified the youthful and provocative 1960s. Remembered as one of photography’s finest, Brooklyn-born Stern is most revered for his celebrity and commercial work.  In 1962, Stern photographed actor and social ...

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March 25, 2014

Crystal Ball

Chrissy Rutherford and James White

Her December 1992 cover for Harper’s Bazaar was a coup for the young Kate Moss, coming just two years after she debuted on the cover of The Face in 1990. For the holiday-themed cover, Moss holds a festive snow globe, dressed in crimson taffeta; the first of many covers for the budding supermodel. In ...

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March 17, 2014

Framed

Erwin Blumenfled and Tim Walker

Erwin Blumenfeld’s images often teased its viewers through photographic and visual manipulations achieved by reflective surfaces, shadows and duplications. When photographing the soon-to-be Princess of Monaco, Blumenfeld hinted at surrealism by housing Grace Kelly in a life-sized gilded frame, perhaps likening her to ...

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March 3, 2014

Top of the Ladder

George Hoyningen-Huené and Mikael Jansson

At a time when the draped, columnar and classically-inspired dress came into fashion, photography would also follow a neoclassical aesthetic. A major proponent of this photographic style was George Hoyningen-Huené, who often inserted Greek-like columns and classical architectural elements into his ...

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