New Exhibitions at the ICP

The International Center of Photography will open four new exhibits on Monday, January 16. The ICP is focusing on fashion for 2009.

Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, The Condé Nast Years, 1923-1937

Edward Steichen: In High Fashion features the finest examples of his fashion and celebrity portraiture made for Vogue and Vanity Fair. Much of the exhibition is drawn from the Steichen Archive at Condé Nast, which contains more than two thousand original vintage prints. A select group of prints from the George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester will be shown only at ICP. Some of the images in the exhibition are well-known, iconic images in various histories of photography. Never before, however, have more than a modest selection of these prints been exhibited or published.

Weird Beauty: Fashion Photography Now

This exhibition, organized by Carol Squiers and Vince Aletti, will present the most innovative fashion photography of the last few years, from photographers who draw on a range of influences, including art, sexuality, narrative, digital media, and youth culture. It will also consider the impact of graphic design on the way that fashion photography is presented.

This Is Not a Fashion Photograph: Selections from the ICP Collection

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 Ulmann, 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 present-day fashion magazine. Taken together, they suggest the broad range of nonfashion influences on contemporary fashion photography.

Munkasci’s Lost Archive

Hungarian photographer Martin Munkacsi (1896-1963) created dynamic and elegant images of models and athletes in motion. His unique style-inspiring photographers from Henri Cartier-Bresson to Richard Avedon-grew out of the context of 1930s photojournalism and required a combination of split-second timing and radical cropping. For Munkacsi, process was the key. The recent rediscovery of his long-lost negative archive helps to clarify his working methods and uncover the secrets behind his most famous images.

All the exhibits will be open through May 3.

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~ by David Cupp on January 7, 2009.

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