Is Fashion Photography ART?

30Oct09

Remember when people debated whether or not photography is a real art form? For a long time, pictorialism reigned, which meant most art photography copied the paintings and etchings of the time. But I think photography has really broken free of its initial shackles (and probably inferiority complex) and now seeks to capture what cannot be done in any other medium. I’m sure some would argue nowadays that fashion photography isn’t really “art”, but maybe it’s because they haven’t seen…

Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon

Louise Dahl-Wolfe

Louise Dahl-Wolfe

Irving Penn

Irving Penn

Helmut Newton

Helmut Newton

Mario Testino

Mario Testino

Peter Lindbergh

Peter Lindbergh

I think every great photograph tells a story. Or rather, the photographer caught the subject in the middle of something, and it is up to the viewer to figure out the rest. A good photograph inspires the viewer’s imagination, but the entire experience is so seamless in that no words are needed and the photographer tricks us into believing our story is he/she intended to portray all along. SO CLEVER!!!

(I know I didn’t include Meisel, Demarchelier, Leibovitz, and so many other greats. Not because they are not great. But I needed to save some of them for another time!)

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