The Fashion Show
through January 17, 2014
The exhibition is a poignant contextualization; it inspires reflection of our own favorite related imagery. We experience these images and the visual banter between all the photographers of the genre. Women were as much part of shaping fashion photography as men. What we ask, as we look at so many well-chosen examples, is- how do they employ their attunement with their subjects? We are tempted to pickup on an understated but perceptible sense of empowerment and self-awareness. These women feel both cunning and natural. They also feel cast as more idol than object.
Excerpt of the story by Mary Abbe:
“The Fashion Show,” organized by Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, corrects [neglect] with 40 images by a dozen prominent female photographers whose work spans more than 75 years.
Gazing at their lush and beguiling photos, it’s tempting to look for psychological or stylistic differences between the sexes.
Not necessarily, insisted Weinstein director Leslie Hammons, who gathered the pictures from galleries and artists’ archives around the country. After scrutinizing portfolios and careers of innumerable artists, including many she didn’t have room to exhibit, she cautioned against generalizations based on sexual stereotyping. Female photographers influenced their male counterparts, and vice versa, Hammons said. Photographing models in motion, taking them from studio to street, introducing film noir theatrics, or psychedelia, or humor — such innovations moved too quickly for anyone to claim exclusive ownership.
“The point is just to shine a light on this aspect of fashion photography — on women photographers working in the field,” Leslie Hammons, Director
Read the full review by Mary Abbe in the Star Tribune
View the works online at Martin Weinstein Gallery