I Love Fashion... Photography!

Friday, October 30, 2009

One last guest post-- and it's a good one: a primer on fashion photography by the lovely Monica of Ciao, Chessa! Hope you are enjoying your Friday!!

I Love Fashion... Photography!
Text by Monica of Ciao, Chessa!

Ciao, Dream Sequins readers! I'm Monica Shulman, aka Chessa, the photographer and art lover behind Ciao, Chessa! I am thrilled to be a guest blogger on this fabulous and fashionable space.

Photography is my passion and it's my career and the only thing that comes second to that, after my husband and family of course, is fashion. Combine the two and I'm a very happy and inspired woman. I love all aspects of fashion - the garments, the feel of the fabric between my fingers, the way the models wear it, the way photographers capture it and bring the clothing to life, the stories that photographers tell using the clothing and how they engage the models, the makeup, the hair and...everything. All of these things come together to make art.

I have a very long list of photographers who have motivated me and inspired me. Narrowing it down is certainly no small feat but here, in no particular order, is my list of my current top five favorite fashion photographers...

Steven Meisel
- One of the most powerful photographers in the fashion industry, he has photographed every single cover of Vogue Italia since 1988. This man is a genius.

Photos via here and here.

Peter Lindbergh
- There is a reason why he has been called the "Poet of Glamour"...When I was a high school girl in the 90s he was my idol and I had his images posted all over my bedroom wall. I carefully tore them from my magazines and studied them, fascinated. Gorgeous. Timeless. Iconic.

Photos via here and here.

Irving Penn
- This master and photography legend passed away earlier this month at 92 years of age. I love his work in particular because much of it was lit with light from a window. As a portrait photographer who does not work in a studio and who works mostly using natural light, I have learned so much from studying his work. I love the sense of drama that he portrayed through his images.

Images via here here and here.

Richard Avedon
- Mr. Avedon started as a fashion photographer and then expanded his work into fine art. He did not conform to the then-standard of fashion photography and I really admire his style and his many personal projects, including his "American West" collection.

Photos via here, here and here.

Helmut Newton
- He knew women. He was noted, in particular, for his nudes. He was an artist.

Photos via here, here and here.

As you can tell, I love fashion photography in black and white but of course beautiful images are shot in color - like the ones you see in your favorite fashion bibles!

One of my favorite places to read about photography in general and fashion photography in
particular is Fashion Photography Blog. Head over there to get a behind-the-scenes look on the industry and to see some incredibly evocative work.

I hope you enjoyed this post! I love it here. Thank you, Dream Sequins!

Thank YOU, Monica! To check out some of her amazing photos, run run, why don't you-- to her blog here: Ciao, Chessa!

**Readers: Making our way back to New York from Thailand over the weekend. Expect a Thailand post from me, unless the internet is flat out awful! Thank you for sticking around for my guest posts. Aren't you glad you did???**


MizzJ said...

Inspiring post! It really shows how photography is such an art. I really need to learn!

janettaylor said...

What an interting photos! Love this!


Elizabeth Marie said...

Oh love this...love Monica! I love Meisel's work so so much.

Brigadeiro said...

Brilliant post, such amazing photographers/artists and photographs/works of art :)

Bon voyage D!

Midtown Girl said...

Who wouldn't love Monica's picks!?!

And the Peter Lindbergh take me back - love those shots!!

Love My Monica and miss you D!!

The Photodiarist said...

This is a fantastic post. I love Steven Meisel. Peter Lindbergh is also a huge fave.

Jaime said...

Great post highlighting the best of the best! :)

Chessa! said...

thanks, everyone! be sure to check out all the links and be sure to visit the blog I listed...you will LOVE IT!! have a great weekend and thanks, D, for asking me to guest here! xx

daisychain said...

Such an inspirational post.

Modelizer said...

I love the concept of this post but I do think it's funny when women don't include other female photographers that are just as good as the big boys but never get the same recognition. Perhaps next time exposing people to tastemakers that aren't in the top 10 most overexposed names would be even more inspiring and interesting.

Melissa Blake said...

Love these -- Congrats! Monica is awesome!

The Little Fashion Treasury said...

Happy sweet friday to you, D!!!

Have to confess:
I Love Fashion... Photography, TOO ;)

Kate looks brilliant and the photo with the elephant!
Woow... wooow.... wooww...

Enjoy your weekend and your vacation!!!

missy. said...

those pictures are absolutely stunning.

Tights Lover said...

Great pics. Some real classics in here!

Welcome back, I hope you loved Thailand!!

lisa said...

I was lucky enough to catch the Richard Avedon exhibit at SFMOMA when I visited San Francisco this summer. Such exquisite work in black and white portraiture and fashion photography.

Lani said...

great photography post :)

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Great post! These photos are AMAZING!!

VersaStyle said...

i'm loving this .. its so fantastical

Hanako66 said...

these are so beautiful...I look forward to browsing that site!

Diana said...

Helmut Newton! I have a few Polaroid books with his photographs in them and they are so memorable after all these years. He is my photography hero!

Great post!

.:*aMbAr*:. said...

WOW! Some really great pictures here. Some I'd seen some new. I don't wanna sound like a creep but I love nude photography, I think it's art plus nature all together.

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Wow, thanks Monica for the post! I love the grittiness in many of the faces - truly like a window onto that person for that moment.

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