Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Chat about Fashion Photography

So. Back. With updates of the past as usual. As in, giving a chat about fashion photography to the students of the commercial photography class in the Central American Technologic University. The class is taught by Heleci Ramirez, of whom I'll just say is one of the very few Honduran photographers I respect and admire. Anyway contributor P was kind enough to scan this amazing book about the history of photography in fashion, which I used in the first part of the talk.
examples of Edward Steichen's work for Vogue (1926 and 1925)
I was about to use my whip since P and A hadn't done nothing for this blog yet, until A made these amazing graphics to change the layout. So they both escape the whipping. For now. About the chat, it went well I think. Basically I just filled my flash drive with a few hundred of the archives I have and made up some sort of order in the huge crazy world that fashion photography is. World in which Paolo Roversi has a special place for me.
His style is just the perfect balance between vintage romanticism and simple modern elegance. Plus achieving this sober loveliness in the way he takes the photos (not during the editing) makes it a much more organic process. Evidence B. Natalia Vodianova in the Lanvin editorial for i-D magazine.
I did not say enough about Paolo in the chat. I did, however, indulge in exposing some photoshop disasters, some  fashion gossip, a lot of Terry Richardson hate and a lot more of Hussein Chalayan love. It was nice, to talk about something I feel so passionate about for an hour. So nice. Anyway I have to translate a 12 pages confidential bank report and come up with an idea for a documentary in this script workshop I'm taking sponsored by the US Embassy so.. later!

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