Fashion photography’s A-list turns the lens inward at The Photographers’ Gallery


Sooo… Soho-bound for a splash of musical theatre (Jersey Boys – who knew how prolific Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were? 5 stars etc) spotted the mill of a private view around the entrance to The Photographers’ Gallery. Took it as the sign that fashion snappery exhibition – Fashion in the Mirror: Self-Reflection in Fashion Photography – which kicks off tomorrow, was in celebration mode. Obviously I had other fish to fry yesterday evening, but it it definitely high on the list as a must-do cultural experience, especially given the exhaustive (exhausting?!?) list of fashion’s favourites on the roll call.
I haven’t checked it out quite yet, so at this stage this is all based on hearsay (verdict and pics will be returned in near future), but it’s a curated exhibition of the lens being turned on a selection of eminent snappers de la mode, turning the camera back through its own lens to convey the image-makers and the processes around the production of the final, glossy image. The who’s who includes 20+ international and agenda-setting names, from the old school – Helmut Newton, Harri Peccinotti (he of the original and best Sunday Times mag of the 70s if my theory classes serve me right), Norman Parkinson, Irving Penn to name a few – to the current – Nick Knight, Mario Testino, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, and Tim Walker (who has a solo London show on right now, I believe) among others.
How much these guys – and yes, bar one, they’re all guys (would one or two more women – Corinne Day, Sarah Moon – have hurt?) – would actually tear apart their persona and their environment I’m not sure, as they are astute creators well aware of the power of the photographic image and – I would imagine – would want to ensure that their authoritative position remains intact. That said, it will be interesting to see the work of such prominent photographers grouped together – to see the parallels, the lineage, the relationships between styles and attitudes. Will be checking it out before it closes on September 14, for sure…


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