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Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in ARTICLES

Edward Steichen: the Condé Nast years exhibition

Edward Steichen: the Condé Nast years exhibition

The Photographers’ Gallery is hosting an exhibition on Edward Steichen’s years as a fashion photographer for Condé Nast. The exhibition is cleverly set out chronologically over three floors, and includes over 200 vintage prints as well as Steichen’s works in original context thanks to copies of Vogue and Vanity Fair. It’s easy to notice the influence of Steichen’s studies as a painter in his photographs, especially in their settings and in the way he did portraiture. Although he took inspiration from painters from the past, his pictures still look contemporary nearly a century later; it’s probably this strength that made him so famous – the talent to create beautiful, timeless shots. Some of the prints on display have not been shown to the public since the 1930s, and include designs from Patou, Schiaparelli and portraits of Greta Garbo, Frank Lloyd Wright and Fred Astaire. Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, The Condé Nast Years 1923-1937 is laid out in a clever way using, for example, the wallpaper he designed for Stehli...

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Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in ARTICLES

The Genesis Exhibition, Back To The Origin In Black And White

The Genesis Exhibition, Back To The Origin In Black And White

Sebastião Salgado, educated in politics and a qualified economist, took up photography at the age of 26, while his wife Lélia was working as an architect in Paris and purchased a camera to photograph apartments. Had Salgado not looked through the viewfinder when he picked up his wife’s camera, he’d probably still be an economist today. He reflects back on this life changing moment: “When I saw through a camera for the first time, I saw another way to see the world. I fell in love.” Since swapping economics for photography in 1973, Salgado shared global awareness of social issues as result of spreading industrialisation through his immense photographic projects Other Americas, Workers and Migrations, captured in his trademark monochrome photography. He recalls: “I lived totally inside photography, doing long term projects.” Each of the three major works referred to above took Salgado several years to complete. The eight years spent on Genesis allowed Salgado to get to know his subjects and their environment they lived or worked in....

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