In the corner – Irving Penn
I was annoyed by a series of photographs by Irving Penn
On this Image the model is limited by two walls, so it appears like a punishment, standing in the corner in a very limited space.
Penn took similar photographs of well-known personalities from the world of culture, fashion, art, crowding them into the corner. Some of them clearly do not fit in this very specific framework, while others feel quite comfortable.
I wonder why he chose such a form? Maybe he wanted to surprise the audience with something new in the world of traditional portraits. For me it does not work, this is a rather depressing form of presentation for these well-known people of the time.
This is a naughty idea to put the star into a corner but on the other hand, this photographer surprises the viewer with this unique form and environment.
This is a dress costing a few hundred thousand dollars, presented with elephants by Richard Avedon.
This is one of my favorite pictures, because of its influence in the world of photography.
This photo shows a model in a beautiful dress, standing between elephants – this is Dior’s advertisement.
I have to point out that for us today, such arrangements (particularly in fashion photography) are normal, but at a time when the picture was made, it was a novelty. Richard Avedon rejected the standards in force in women’s magazines, and began to take modeling to the streets. He was making images in motion, using dynamic and unusual poses. Seventy, or sixty years ago it was innovative because pictures of fashion were very similar to the image of mannequins in shop windows.
Avedon’s approach to photographing fashion was not only fresh, but also convincing – because his method of work was adopted rapidly around the world. Richard Avedon was not only a great photographer – he was ahead of his time.