Photographic images are a driving force behind the fashion system, and they play a key role in defining global fashion culture. Fashion photography is attracting increasing public attention; it has embraced new image-making technologies, and has shown itself to be a commercially and ideologically powerful medium.This rich and rewarding book combines new critical approaches with views from inside the industry, showing fashion photography to be a complex cultural phenomenon worthy of serious critical attention. It brings together distinguished contributors from the UK, North America, Australia and Europe - including Rankin, Philippe Garner, Penny Martin, Caroline Evans, Eva Respini and Margaret Maynard - to examine the production and consumption of fashion images from the points of view of industry and academia, the museum, the auction house, and the art gallery. Illustrated in black and white and colour, the book discusses key issues in recent fashion photography and establishes a fertile space for new ways of looking to emerge on this dynamic visual form.
Eugenie Shinkle is a photographer and Senior Lecturer in Photographic Theory and Criticism at the University of Westminster. She is a regular contributor to books and journals in the fields of photography and digital game studies, and has been exhibiting her photographic work internationally since 1992.
Acknowledgements; Introduction; Section 1: Critical Contexts; Caroline Evans A Shop of Images and Signs; Susan Kismaric and Eva Respini Fashioning Fiction in Photography Since 1990; Philippe Garner The Celebration of the Fashion Image - Photograph as Market Commodity and Research Tool; Margaret Maynard The Fashion Photograph: An 'Ecology'; Becky Conekin Lee Miller's Simultaneity; Section 2: Processes and Politics; Eugenie Shinkle & Roger Hargreaves Interview with Rankin; Sascha Behrendt [need title!!]; Eugenie Shinkle Interview with Penny Martin; Section 3: Image and Identity; Barbel Sill Stardom and Fashion: on the Representation of Female Movie Stars and their Fashion(able) Image in Magazines and Advertising Campaigns; Stephanie Neda Sadre-Orafai Developing Images: Race, Language, and Perception in Fashion Model Casting; Isabelle Wallace Sex, Sameness and Desire: Thoughts on Versace and the Clone; Karen de Perthuis Beyond Perfection: The Fashion Model in the Age of Digital Manipulation; Section 4: Reassessing the Real; Agnes Rocamora and Alistair O'Neill Fashioning the Street: Images of the Street in the Fashion Media; Kate Rhodes The Elegance of The Everyday: Nobodies in Contemporary Fashion Photography; Eugenie Shinkle The Line Between the Wall and the Floor: Reality and Affect in Contemporary Fashion Photography; Notes on Contributors.