A carefully crafted and edited installation, Fashion shows. combines unexpected images and objects that provide an alternative and visually rich view into notions of beauty as circulated by the fashion photography industry.
This bespoke exhibition presents imagery from a range of eras, including Paul Elliman’s moving image version of his iconic September Magazine which highlights the glut of imagery delivered via the standard issue glossy magazines.
The eclectic character of the installation is drawn out through objects including model cards and vintage beauty treatment manuals creating connections that encourage us to examine the tools, strategies and distractions used by the fashion world.
Nigel Shafran (b1964) Nigel Shafran’s observation-led photography began to influence the scope of contemporary photography in the late 1980s on the pages of The Face and i-D. He established himself as one of the most respected fashion photographers in the UK during the 1990s. His more recent work has been widely exhibited, including shows at The Photographers’ Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Fig-1, and MW Projects. Shafran has created still life and portrait editorial work for magazines including Love, The New York Times Style Magazine, WSJ. Magazine, and Vogue UK. He has been commissioned by Hermès, Loewe, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Smythson, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. His latest book, Dark Rooms, was published by Mack Books in 2016.
With thanks to De la Warr Pavilion.