The Decline of Fashion Photography

“Fashion photography is in fashion. This 1951 Vogue cover by Irving Penn recently sold for $28,750 at auction. It is indeed brilliant: Penn’s masterful use

“Fashion photography is in fashion. This 1951 Vogue cover by Irving Penn recently sold for $28,750 at auction. It is indeed brilliant: Penn’s masterful use of light, balance, and a spare composition create an understated elegance … Meanwhile, this image taken by one of today’s biggest celebrity photographers, David LaChapelle, recently went for $3,000. Why does that seem like a worse deal than $28,750 for the Penn? Critics say the problem is that today’s fashion photographers see themselves as artists, while their Golden Age predecessors thought they were just working for a living.”


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Date:
November 23, 2016
Author:
XPLANE