What the famed Anna Wintour’s assistants have to go through as fictionalized in the movie The devil wears Prada is only a fraction of the merciless battles in the uber-competitive world of fashion.
Two fashion photographers survivors and wearing the battle scars of years spent in the cut throat business of fashion have received praise for their successful campaigns through the years and are now to reveal the inside of the most glamorous and competitive man-made battlefield- jungle ever. They have been called “fashion war correspondents.” Juergen Teller and Paolo Roversi have just brought some of the best works from their careers to Seoul, Korea . Some considered to be classic moments in fashion photography history. Interestingly, both photographers put great emphasis on nude photos.
Teller, one of the most sought-after fashion photographers of today, is holding his show “Touch Me” at Daelim Contemporary Art Museum in Tongi-dong, central Seoul.
As can be assumed by the title, the majority of the exhibits deal with sex ― either in an explicit way through obvious nudity or in a clever way using ambiguous signs.
In one photo, Kate Moss is crumpled in a muddy wheelbarrow in deserted land somewhere in Gloucestershire, England. She could have been mistaken for an abandoned rape victim somehow reminiscent of Susan George in Sam Peckinpah classic movie Straw Dogs as opposed to the supermodel that she is.
In other photoes sophisticated backdrops and fashion items are the only reminders in Teller’s photos that these are not documentary photos or pornography but fashion photographs. In fact, most were commercially used.
“Though some may disagree, there is no reason why his works would not qualify as art. The artistic twists and turns given to the photos, which are not expected from usual commercial campaigns, take his works to another level.
“Iget questions a lot everywhere I go, if I am an art photographer or a fashion photographer. Well, it doesn’t concern me whatsoever. I just work with different forms like exhibitions, magazines, books, and just enjoy them. I don’t put myself in an image of a box,” said Teller.
In Cheongdam-dong, Seoul, Roversi’s show is under way at 10 Corso Como.
The Italian photographer is a legendary figure in fashion photography who has worked with numerous top notch actresses and models. In Korea, he has worked with actresses Kim Hee-seon and Song Hye-kyo.
He opened his studio in 1974 and most actively worked in the mid 1980s, when fashion houses were really into making catalogues. It was up to the photographers to create the most artistic and original photos possible, and Roversi promoted himself well, working with some of the most open-minded brands ― Comme des Garons, Yohji Yamamoto and Romeo Gigli.
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