In the early 20th century, fashion and photography were indelibly wedded through the efforts of a number of photographers, fashion designers, and magazine publishers. Once these cultural power shapers created the form, fashion photography took on a life of its own and became—perhaps always was—art. This art form has since been elevated to heights such that being a fashion photographer can be seen as very important chapter in many well-known photographers’ career: designers rely on them; models request them; magazines use their work: celebrities choose them for shoots; and the power they have to represent others is beyond compare in today’s, 21st century image-driven world.
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Key topics, themes and issues for discussion may include, but are definitely not limited to:
History / Eras / Styles
Limits (nudity, leather, sexuality)
Cities / Centres of power – Milan, NY, Paris
Power / Power dynamics
Who’s behind the camera / Who’s in front / Who’s in charge?
Age – from adolescent to ancient
Careers – models, photographers
Art / Commodity / Marketing Tool
Ownership of image
Celebrity and Music – think Bowie / Adam Ant / Grace Jones / Annie Lennox / Madonna / Lady Gaga – all of whom have created themselves as fashion icons
Gender and celebrity – again, think Bowie / Adam Ant / Grace Jones / Annie Lennox whose fashion sense and androgyny made headlines and careers
Sports / Sports Figures
Body image – who determines what body type to photograph / who determines what’s sexy?
Manipulation of image / identity
Crime / Criminals
Selfies / Instagram – fashion icons with their own accounts and photos, such as Iman
History of the Fashion Industry in photos
Culture / Regional Issues / Empowerment /
Retail / Commodities / Commercialization of beauty
Performance – the Catwalk / Dance
Tourism – Fashion week is a big draw in NY, Milan, Paris, and photos are at the core