Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I Love Fashion...Photography.

A couple of weeks ago I was a guest blogger on one of my most favorite fashion blogs, Dream Sequins . I've been a bit under the weather so I thought it would be the perfect time to share that guest post here. Please forgive me for not visiting you as often as I'd like...once I'm back to my old self I'll stop by.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photos via here, here and here.

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

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Photos via here, here and here.

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.

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