Sunday, 25 March 2012

"The Storyteller"

Fashion photography is an incredibly powerful communicative art. A single image can communicate and create any emotion desired by that of the photographer and designer with in the audience, creating an air of chic and glamour, which ultimately inspires the target audience to buy their product.
I wanted to continue into my research on fashion photography as I feel it is, perhaps, the most important and most influential tool of communication used in the fashion industry.

Corinne Day

Corinne Day, a British documentary and fashion photographer, who started her career in the fashion industry as a model, has always been a great inspiration to me. Day, who launched the career of a young 19 year old Kate Moss with her iconic, raw yet beautiful collection of photographs, uses a bleak and seemingly innocent style when photographing her subjects, offering a 'darker side to fashion'.
Tragically, Corinne Day passed away after battling a brain tumour on the 27th August 2010. Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman is quoted; 'Her work for British Vogue was entirely original and will always be remembered. She could capture raw beauty like few others.'

Stephen Meisel

'One of the most iconic fashion photographers of all time'. An American photographer who gained critical acclaim in his work with US and Italian Vogue, Meisel is now considered as one of the most successful fashion photographers within the fashion industry. Starting out his career in illustration, working for the likes of Halston and Parsons, Meisel has now created some of the most expressive, theatrical photographs that will continue to stir the inspiration and creativity of the fashion world.
I have included a link below of some more of his work which I found very interesting.

Mario Testino

I have always been inspired by Mario Testino's work, he is featured regularly in the top fashion magazine and I have been influenced by his work through my own through my studies. Peruvian born Testino, creates magic and playful expression through his photographs, with his style been described as 'lxury realism'. He has photographed names upon names of fashion and societal figures, including the late Diane Princess of Wales and her sons, and more recently Testino photographed Prince Wills and Kate for their engagement. Mario Testino has become one of the most celebrated fashion photographers.

'Mario Testino makes anyone he photographs look the best they ever will. That's part of the magic...
When he photographs clothes they look so good they actually sell.'

Tim Walker

British born fashion photographer, Tim Walker is a huge influence for me and my own work. His extravagant, theatrical photographs that look more like a shot of a stage performance than that of a fashion subject, which is something that I find mesmerising. Walker began as a photography assistant to Richard Avedon, later going on to shoot his first ever fashion story featured in Vogue when he was only 25 years old. I am utterly in love with his style of photography, the prominence of the narrative story within the photograph makes every single one as enchanting and interesting as the last.
Walker has also began to explore the film world .... I have included his first foray into film titled 'The Lost Explorer' below.

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