"This Is Not a Fashion Photograph" Exhibition

International Center of Photography

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'This Is Not a Fashion Photograph,' is an exhibition of approximately seventy photographs from 1888 to the present organized by ICP adjunct curator Vince Aletti. Drawn primarily from ICP’s permanent collection, the exhibition questions perceived notions of what fashion photography is by including works by artists who are not traditionally associated with fashion. Images by Gordon Parks, Bruce Davidson, Walker Evans, Tina Barney, Doris Ullmann, Mark Cohen, Marc Riboud, Robert Capa, Robert Mapplethorpe, Berenice Abbott, and many others show how photographers primarily known as documentarians, photojournalists, or art photographers have been especially alert to the way style reflects not just personality but a subject’s economic and social status. None of the photographs in the exhibition were taken with the intent of making a fashion photograph, but none of them would look out of place in a contemporary fashion magazine. Taken together, they suggest the broad range of nonfashion influences on
contemporary fashion photography.

[Image: George Strock "Satchel Paige waiting for pool hall adversary, Harlem, New York" (1941) © Time Inc. Used by permission. International Center of Photography, The LIFE Magazine Collection]


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