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"In and Out of Fashion" photography by Viviane Sassen


Mimi © Viviane Sassen

Awkward twisting arms, legs and intertwined torsos…

Sharp shadows leaping over limbs and faces from outside the frame…

Riots of entangled shapes, forms, patterns, intense colors and textures…

Visually delightful and disorienting — Viviane Sassen’s fun, personal, quirky and artful approach has injected vibrant new energy and life into fashion photography as well as her equally wonderful tangential personal projects.

A 300-piece mid-career retrospective at Huis Marseille in Amsterdam, “Viviane Sassen: In and Out of Fashion”, highlights a giddy range of outrageously great photographs and personal outtakes from the scenes of fashion photo shoots.

Lens Culture has a preview of the exhibition, which opens December 15. Be sure to check out the high-resolution slideshow.


POP © Viviane Sassen


In Bloom, for Dazed Digital © Viviane Sassen

More details about the exhibition (in Dutch and English), including a wonderful series of interviews with models, art directors, fashion designers, and other collaborators: Huis Marseille website.

Photo Stroll – The V&A’s permanent Photographs Gallery collection 2011-12

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When I went to the press call at the V&A for the announcement of the up-and-coming show of work from the Middle East, I got shown the exhibition of photographs taken from the V&A’s permanent collection. The collection is of photos from 1839 to the 1960s and changes on a yearly basis. It includes some gems from the photographic archives, one of which, Parliament Street from Trafalgar Square, Attributed to M. de Ste Croix, 1839, can be seen in the slideshow below, is on a 1:10 cycle. That is, it can only be exhibited one in ten years for preservation reasons.

I highly recommend a visit before the autumn when a new set of photographs will be on display. And if that’s not possible, then read more to enjoy a virtual photo stroll and a gallery of thumbnails of all the images.


Filed under: Documentary photography, Fashion Photography, Photographers, Photography Shows, Portraiture, Women Photographers Tagged: archives, daguerrotype, history of photography, london, M. de Ste Croix, Parliament Street from Trafalgar Square, photo exhibition, V&A Photographs Gallery 2011-12

Photobook: C Photo: Posed / Unposed


Book spread from the photobook “C Photo: Posed/Unposed”
Left: Untitled, 2010. Hester Scheurwater Right: Untitled, 2010. Hester Scheurwater:
From Both Sides of the Mirror.

The volume C Photo: Posed/Unposed outlines the field of tension between the entirely spontaneous and unposed on one hand, and the striving for a perfect pose on the other, depicting a variety of approaches from photojournalism or amateur snapshots to advertising, portraiture and fashion photography. SEO Experts search engine marketing . See more images, from many photographers, in Lens Culture.

Photographers published are Rico Scagliola & Michael Meier, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Thomas Struth, Pawel Juszczuk, Federico Patellani, Edward Quinn, Hester Scheurwater, Garry Winogrand, Guy Bourdin, Jules Spinatsch, Ghislain Dussart, Slim Aarons.

Sarah Moon: Film Screenings

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“Moon’s voice, above all, is an intensely personal one, whispering, rather than shouting, about an imagined world where preternaturally lovely, romanesque heroines inhabit isolated and, more often than not, fictional landscapes.” — “Frocks and Fantasy: The Photographs of Sarah Moon

It wasn’t until sometime around 1970 that Sarah Moon, the award-winning artist, photographer and filmmaker, first picked up a camera. Her first photographs were portraits of friends – who also happened to be models. She at the time was working as a model as well, (in London and Paris, 1960-1966) working among some of fashion photography’s most legendary names, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn and Guy Bourdin included. “Somebody lent me a camera,” she says, “and while we waited between shots, I took pictures.”

More than forty years later, her ethereal and enigmatic images are those of a living legend, whose uniquely individual vision informed publications like Nova and the Sunday Times Magazine, later that of the fashion house Maison Cacharel. Her work has appeared everywhere from French Elle to British Vogue, in collaboration with designer names from Chanel to Comme des Garcons. Moon’s body of work, which includes commercial photography, as well as celebrated works in video and film, has exhibited worldwide since 1982. These films—many based upon fairy tales—are a testament to her grande dame status, the years-earned luxury of creative autonomy.

All images © copyright Sara Moon, Little Red Riding Hood

Aperture, in conjunction with Howard Greenberg Gallery, is pleased to present an evening of film and videos by the award-winning artist. Sarah Moon will be present at Aperture Gallery to screen The Red Thread, Black Riding Hood, and Le Montreur D’Images (The Go-Between), a documentary on her husband, the celebrated publisher Robert Delpire, whose own legacy is the subject of the concurrent multi-venue exhibition, Delpire & Co.


Sarah Moon: Film Screenings
Friday, May 11, 2012

6:00 pm


Aperture Gallery and Bookstore
New York, New York

6:00The Red Thread and Black Riding Hood
6:30: Intermission
7:00Le Montreur D’Images (The Go-Between)

›› Le Montreur D’Images will also be continuously screened as part of the exhibition Delpire & Co. at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore, on view May 10–July 19, 2012.

›› Sarah Moon: Now and Then will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery,  May 11–June 16, 2012.

Icons of Tomorrow: Contemporary Fashion Photography

Susie Smoking 1998/2011, © Nick Knight

Exhibition on view through June 2, 2012.

Christophe Guye Galerie
Dufourstrassse 31
8008 Zurich, Switzerland
+41 44 252 01 11

Photographers such as Nick Knight, David LaChapelle, and Terry Richardson all straddle the fence between commercialism and fine art. The practice of fashion photography is highlighted with international stars at the Christophe Guye Galerie, where a group of artists known as the Icons of Tomorrow, embraces their subject matter using compelling conceptual ideas and provocative, colorful approaches.

The allure behind this type of photography is investigated by these nine renowned photographers that have shaped the genre, to see where it falls between art and commerce.

Featured artists: Miles Aldridge, Kate Bellm, Guy Bourdin, Ina Jang, Nick Knight, David LaChapelle, Walter Pfeiffer, Terry Richardson, and Albert Watson.

Nick Knight appeared in Aperture issue 197.

Photo News – Photo-related apps covering a photo trip to South America and how-to lighting for portraits

Landscape from the national park in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. © Runa Photos/Karla Gachet/Ivan Kashinsky

More and more photographers, publishers and photo organisations are developing photo applications and eBooks for the iPad, iPhone and other digital devices. Today’s post covers two very different apps that may be of interest to anyone interested in documentary photography and travel, as well as photographers who want to improve their portraiture lighting techniques.


The first offering Short Stories: From Ecuador to Tierra del Fuego is by husband and wife team Ivan Kashinsky and Karla Gachet, two photojournalists based in Quito, Ecuador who recently completed a photographic journey through South America and created their first app for the iPad. The app is “a personal photographic journey exploring the diverse cultures of five countries in South America. Karla and Ivan traveled for seven months in Sancho, their trusty red jeep, documenting thirteen photo essays along the way, from the equator down to the farthest tip of the continent”.  It is now available at the App store for $3.99. Short Stories iPad app is a joint production of Runaphotos and Lightbox Press, a new publisher of digital photography books.

Grecco breaks down his legendary techniques with step-by-step instructions and diagrams for perfect lighting setups while inspiring his true art of portraiture.“ A how-to app from celebrity photographer and director Michael Grecco whose book Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Celebrity and Editorial Photography is now available on iPad, iPhone, nook and kindle for $24.95.

The eBook is a completely updated version of his best-selling hardback (from 2006) and is available for $150. Grecco will also be leading a Hasselblad-supported workshop on the same topic from 28 March – 2 April in Hawaii. He said: “I am flattered to be able to say that this book has been described as The Lighting Bible – and we have created a special email address for Hasselblad readers ([email protected]). Anyone reading the article can email us and we will send them a special ‘extra’ chapter that will not be found in the eBook.” See the complete news story on the photographer and book on the Hasselblad website. I’ve yet to see the book or app but it looks promising.

Read more for a small selection of images from Short Stories

Photos above and below © Runa Photos/Karla Gachet/Ivan Kashinsky
Above: Victor Vargas, also known as El Varguitas, peels apples on the island of Teuquelin, Chile; Unloading vegetables at La Vego Market, Chile.
Below: Diving off the dock Limones, Ecuador; Bull fighting at the Yawar Fiesta, Coyllurqui, Peru.

Filed under: Documentary photography, Fashion Photography, iPad app, Photographers, Photography Promotion, Portraiture Tagged: documentary photo, iPad app, Ivan Kashinsky, Karla Gachet, Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Celebrity and Editorial Photography, lighting techniques, Michael Grecco, photo app, portraiture, Runaphotos, Short Stories: From Ecuador to Tierra del Fuego, South America

Works on Paper by Ina Jang

During her last year of college at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, photographer Ina Jang began weaving paper cutouts into her images as a way of problem solving. “I started it because I was struggling to make images at the time,” the Brooklyn-based photographer says. “I was forcing myself to like everything—from the people I was working with to locations where I was shooting, so I started getting rid of the elements I didn’t like in the picture.”

Among her inspirations is Martin Margiela, a notoriously private fashion designer who avoids being photographed. “I admire how he visually deconstructed the language of fashion,” says Jang, who wanted to create her own language through the series featured here. “I liked the idea of using optical illusion and the two-dimensional quality of photography. I always go back and forth in experimenting with the combination of analog and digital manipulation in photographs. While working on the series, I enjoyed making images that allowed me to explore both approaches to photography. Additionally, having an anonymous character in the images have given me more freedom to relate myself to them. I wanted the images to effortlessly create its own language.”

From portraits to still-lifes, Jang covered up faces, shapes and spaces that she didn’t like and used paper to make new images. “I started with white space and filled it with stuff I like, such as painting or illustration,” she says. Jang graduated in 2010 with a B.F.A in photography, and though she’s no longer working on this particular series, Jang says she’ll continue incorporating layers into her photographs. Some of her new work is included in the gallery above, and her more recent work with paper cut-outs will be exhibited at the Hyères Festival of Fashion & Photography beginning April 27 in Hyères, France. “I’m still really into shapes and cutouts and collages,” she says. “So I think you’ll always see part of that in my work.”

Ina Jang is a Brooklyn-based photographer. Read more about her here. Her work will be exhibited at Christophe Guye Galerie in Zurich March 29 through June 2 and at the Hyères Festival beginning April 27.

Dean Chalkley screens The New Faces at the book club in London

iPhone shots from the screening of Dean Chalkley’s latest short film The New Faces at the book club in east London last week. Check out the electric light bulb ceiling. Love it. The 20-minute film played to a packed house and was followed by some rare groove and northern soul moves on the dance floor courtesy of the audience. See previous post for more information and a link to the video online.

Filed under: Fashion Photography, Photographers, short films Tagged: Dean Chalkley, mod culture, The Book Club, The New Faces