Fashion Photography

It is an interesting area, fashion photography. Pictures here are heavily composed, heavily created, but then fashion photographers are so often trying to capture a moment of spontaneity and personalty from the model. This is the difficulty and the battle: between the heavily ¬†produced and planned nature of the composition of the photograph, and the demand for the model to appear natural and spontaneous. This is the work of the fashion photographer…

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Marilyn, of course…

The models have to be part of the visual and narrative composition of the piece.

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It is a difficult art, it takes the compositional skills of one who captures city scenes, with the personal camera-to-subject interaction of a fine portrait photographer.

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Sexualization in fashion photography has long been present and contentious. Either through the age of the subject, as above with a young Natalie Portman, or in the trend to somewhat disembody the model by portraying only part of their form. A mere object for display, a simple part of the picture.

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These photos, of course, are not true fashion photography in a way, they are not commercial photos to promote a product:

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http://www.siobhanmolloy.com/

Then it’s a different game, where person and narrative take a back set. They are still their though, or at least can be:

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Steven Meisel

So beautiful, such composition, a wonderful photograph. t Ellen-Von-Unwerth-11

It’s like a movie still that, I love it. You totally get who these two people are. What motivates them and all the rest. Great.