The International Center of Photography is hosting yearlong series of exhibitions, “The Year of Fashion,” focusing on fashion photography from the 1920s to the present. The series sets out to highlight the relationship between art and fashion and will feature the works of Richard Avedon, Nick Knight, Steven Meisel, Mario Sorrenti, Steven Klein, Paolo Roversi, Michael Thompson, Edward Steichen and Miles Aldridge. Upcoming shows include “David Seidner: Paris Fashion, 1945,” and in May, Richard Avedon’s photos will be the central focus on an exhibition.
The first exhibit opens on January 16th and features the photography Edward Steichen. A few months back I saw the Vanity Fair exhibit at the LACMA while I was visiting LA and my favorite photos were those taken by Edward Steichen. He was Chief Photographer for Condé Nast Publications so his work was regularly featured in Vogue and Vanity Fair. The exhibit was quite amazing because it included videos of photo shoots that Steichen conducted and what made it so impressive what the kind of photography that was popular at the time. You know those old accordian-type cameras where the photographer covers himself in black velvet cover to take the picture? Each individual slide/negative is inserted before each shot: It was a very tedious and painstaking process, but watching a master of light such as Steichen, he made the process look very easy, with cigarette in hand the whole time, of course. The show opens on January 16th and includes 175 photos by Steichen, with many of the photos from the Condé Nast archives from 1923 to 1937.
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