November 24, 2012 |
GraceA Memoir Grace CoddingtonRandom House: 416 pp., $35 If the name Grace Coddington is familiar, you've probably seen the 2009 documentary film "The September Issue" about Vogue magazine's Editor in Chief Anna Wintour, the most feared and revered woman in fashion. Now Coddington, the longtime creative director of Vogue, has her own star vehicle, an engaging memoir titled "Grace," co-written with Michael Roberts. For anyone with a passing interest in the fashion industry, it's worth a read for the name-dropping alone.
June 24, 2012 |
The old master spent his winter months at the Chateau Marmont, sitting beneath the palms, the white canopies and its distinctively European tower on the Sunset Strip. Photographer Helmut Newton was as recognizable there as his famous subjects, dining on the patio between sessions for Vanity Fair or Vogue as he shattered taboos through his pictures of startling sexuality. He'd first earned fame as a fashion photographer, shooting long-legged models in high heels in erotic layouts for publications such as Vogue and later added sadomasochistic nudes and celebrities in provocative poses to his portfolio.
May 9, 2012 |
There is a simple plaque near the entrance of the Chateau Marmont hotel that reads: "Helmut Newton: 1920-2004. " The sign commemorates the death of the famous German photographer, who died at age 83 after crashing his car into a wall outside the hotel, but it's also a reminder of Newton's ties to L.A. By the end of his life he spent winters here and shot extensively in and around the Sunset Strip hotel. And throughout his career as a fashion photographer with fans in the art world, he idealized a blond, long-legged, athletic sort of female beauty that could alternately be described as Germanic or Californian.
October 18, 2009 |
There will always be beauty, style and grace on the pages of fashion magazines and books, but the death of Irving Penn this month marks the end of an era of seminal photography. Penn, along with Richard Avedon, who died in 2004, practically invented modern fashion photography -- a place where art meets commerce -- in the mid-20th century. The influence of both artists -- along with a small group of mavericks who came after them -- figures prominently in fashion editorial and advertising campaigns to this day. Their striking images shaped how the world saw fashion and have long been ingrained in our psyches.
April 3, 2004 |
Acclaimed photographer Helmut Newton, who died earlier this year in a Los Angeles car crash, will be buried in the same cemetery as Marlene Dietrich in his native Berlin, his widow said Friday. No date has yet been set for the burial at the leafy Friedenau cemetery, in the Schoeneberg district where Newton was born, June Newton told reporters. "He might as well go home," she said of her choice.
February 22, 2004 |
As Susan Sontag once noted in an article for British Vogue: "The greatest fashion photography is more than the photography of fashion." Certainly photographers have given us images as memorable as the clothes they shoot. As the documentarians behind the fashion campaigns, they go beyond the ultrarealistic attention to detail that characterizes much of fashion photography to make a statement.