Michelangelo di Battista
Baron Adolphe De Meyer
Peter H. Furst
F. C. Gundlach
Horst P. Horst
Ellen von Unwerth
Photographs of nine decades. This group exhibition will provide a representative overview of the development of fashion photography from its beginnings in the 1920s to the present time. With over 250 works of a total of 65 photographers - many of which are vintages - one can trace the different trends of fashion photography.
This group exhibition will provide a representative overview of the development of fashion photography from its beginnings in the 1920s to the present time. With over 250 works of a total of 65 photographers – many of which are vintages – one can trace the different trends of fashion photography.
The spectrum of the photographs on display ranges from the sometimes classic compositions of an Edward Steichen to the experimental photographs of Man Ray, from the sexual revolution to the resulting emancipation of women as shown, for example, by Helmut Newton, and from the cool elegance of the 1990s – influenced by Peter Lindbergh – to the highly imaginative works of Tim Walker. Only a handful of exemples from the comprehensive exhibition have here been mentioned. Photography and painting hybrids by Michelangelo Di Battista and Tina Berning complete the exhibition by successfully visualizing the strong orientation of fashion photography towards the fine arts.
Even though Adolphe Braun can already be seen as a fashion photographer avant-garde in the mid-19th century, photographers on display in the exhibition such as Adolf Baron de Meyer, Edward Steichen, and George Hoyningen-Huene are more commonly thought to be the founding fathers of fashion photography. The creation of “Condé Nast Publications” in 1909 along with its later purchase of “Vogue” (published for the first time in 1892) particularly helped fashion attain its triumphant worldwide success through photography. In works by Horst P. Horst and Irving Penn it is already noticeable that clothing is successively stripped from its previously central focus in fashion photography. Indeed, instead of fashion, figuration and increasingly expensive arrangements as well as interpretation moved to the foreground.
There is hardly any other genre besides fashion photography that is able to capture the zeitgeist of a decade with such clarity. Moreover, it tells us in a very vivid and lucid way about the longings and dreams of the respective generations. Fashion photography consistently defies any conventions and attempts to broadly define itself. Thus, to say that there is a linear development is not entirely correct. Rather, there is a complex and lively iconographic system of analogies, references, but also astounding advances, which makes looking at this variety so truly pleasurable.
Richard Avedon | Diane and Allen Arbus | David Bailey | Joachim Baldauf | Lillian Bassman | Peter Beard | Sibylle Bergemann | Tina Berning | Michelangelo di Battista | Erwin Blumenfeld | Brassaï | Michel Comte | Anton Corbijn | Sante D'Orazio | Louise Dahl-Wolfe | Baron Adolphe De Meyer | David Drebin | Frantisek Drtikol |
Arthur Elgort | Louis Faurer | Gene Fenn | Hans Feurer | Fernand Fonssagrives | Peter H. Fürst | Ralph Gibson | F. C. Gundlach | Esther Haase | Philippe Halsman | Horst P. Horst | George Hoyningen-Huene | Kiki Kausch | Steven Klein | William Klein | Karl Lagerfeld | Annie Leibovitz | Peter Lindbergh | Alexi Lubomirski | Man Ray |
Charlotte March | Will McBride | Ralph Mecke | Steven Meisel | Lee Miller | Sarah Moon | Barbara Morgan | Martin Munkácsi | Helmut Newton | Paul Outerbridge | Norman Parkinson | Irving Penn | Rankin | Blaise Reutersward | Bettina Rheims | Herb Ritts | Alexander Rodchenko | Paolo Roversi | Mark Seliger | Joe Shere | Jeanloup Sieff | Vanina Sorrentino | Edward Steichen | Ellen von Unwerth | Antoine Verglas | Tim Walker | Albert Watson | Bruce Weber | Pierre Winther
Camera Work Gallery
Kantstrabe 149 - Berlin
Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.