Jim Goldberg x Dazed and Confused - seeing these images this morning truly put a smile on my face. Rarely do you see the mix of fine art/documentary photography in fashion these days, it has diminished faster than film it seems. I truly feel that it was the last 90s and the early 00s that fashion photography was at its “modern” renaissance. A lot of ideas from fine art/design were incorporated and it seemed like there was no stopping this trend for a while. Iconic photographers like Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Larry Sultan, Cindy Sherman and Nan Golden were all revered within the industry. Those were the days I miss the most. Fine art photographers were shooting fashion and fashion photographers were trying their best to create images that were worthy enough on a gallery wall. It was that synergy and the cross pollination of different genres that made photography so interesting and dynamic for a while. Now the walls are built again and everybody is back on their side of the fence once again it seems. However, with this being said I haven’t seen any editors do anything different, but this editorial sure made my statement look stupid. Of course it could be more “Jim-esque”, but honestly I think it a happy balance between the “Jim look”, “Dazed and Confused look” and fashion. The British fashion magazines always take the forefront of different concepts into fashion magazine, but rarely get the limelight that they deserve from the general public. Shout out to Dazed and Confused and the editors who are willing to risk it for an ideal and not bow down to commercialism.
PS fashion ain’t too bad after all huh Jim? ;)