Edward Steichen: In High Fashion

Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, The Condé Nast Years (1923 - 1937) is an exhibition of 175 portraits created for Vogue and Vaity Fair, currently running at the International Center of Photography, NY until 3 May, 2009.

"Steichen's approach to fashion photography was formative and over the course of his career he changed public perceptions of the American woman. An architect of American Modernism and a Pictorialist, Steichen exhibited his fashion images alongside his art photographs. Steichen's crisp, detailed, high-key style revolutionized fashion photography, and his influence is felt in the field to this day—Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Bruce Weber are among his stylistic successors."

This exhibition is the first to focus on Steichen's fashion photography. Many of the iconic images have been taken from the Steichen Archive at Condé Nast, which has an archive of over 2000 original prints, but very few have ever been displayed together.

For those (like me) who are unable to take a trip to NY and see it in person, there is a gorgeous book to accompany the exhibition which can be purchased here.

Images copyright Edward Steichen from ICP.

Rockarchive: The 10th Anniversary Collection

Crane Kalman, Brighton are currently showing the Rockarchive 10th Anniversary Collection until February 15th. It's a great opportunity to see some of the world's biggest rock 'n' rollers doing what they do best, captured by some of the worlds' leading music photographers.

"Having spent 30 years documenting decisive moments in rock music history, acclaimed photographer Jill Furmanovsky founded Rockarchive with the view to present the public with a true portrayal of life in the music business. Images document an intimate and unseen side to the public face of rock as the photographer and musicians became close friends. Jill’s ambition was to share her private collection of work with the people who would really appreciate it most; the fans.

In 1998 Rockarchive gained immediate success when Jill chose to produce 30 classic images from her 30 year career as a rock photographer in limited editions of 30 exclusive darkroom images. Edition 30/30/30 was founded and Rockarchive was born.

A decade later and Rockarchive has become a powerful collective with more than 50 music photographers and over 500 images of unseen and unpublished moments in rock and roll history. The exhibition will include work by some of the biggest names in music photography, including Mick Rock, Storm Thorgerson, Lex Van Rossen, Sheila Rock, Kevin Cummins and Jill Furmanovsky herself. Rockarchive produce hand signed limited edition fine art prints from a host of the best music photographers in the world".

All the images in the Rockarchive are fantastic and you can spend hours looking through all the artists, but the ones selected for the anniversary collection are a great mix of artists, genres and eras in rock 'n' roll history including world exclusive prints of David Bowie, Blondie and Adam Ant.

Images copyright R0ckarchive.