Why do some fashion photographs transcend their commercial character to function as works of art, while others do not? In part, the answer lies in the ability of a fashion photograph to reflect two or more worlds: the perfect world inside the frame—where youth, beauty, and luxury reign supreme—and the harsh realities of the world outside it. The best fashion photographs remind us of other works of art or expand the boundaries of the genre, redefining what a fashion photograph is supposed to do, or be.
The 1970s and 1980s are seen in a new light thanks to a joint exhibition of works by David LaChapelle and Joseph Rodriguez. The upcoming exhibition will present LaChapelles’s „Recollections in America“ and Rodriguez‘ „Spanish Harlem“. Galerie Bene Taschen will open the doors to its Cologne venue for the Show on April 26, 2018.
In his latest series entitled Recollections in America, photographer David LaChapelle used a production process in which he builds “neo-collages” from acquired photographs taken during intimate family gatherings in America during the 1970-1980’s.
Die Galerie Bene Taschen freut sich, vom 26. April bis 7. Juni 2018 die Ausstellung Recollections in America mit Fotografien von David LaChapelle zu zeigen.
In the wake of World War I, Puerto Rican and Latin American immigrants first began arriving in New York, settling in a little corner of upper Manhattan around 110th Street and Lexington Avenue, which is now known as Spanish Harlem. With a foothold firmly established in El Barrio, the neighborhood blossomed after World War II, when a new wave of immigration transformed the face of the city.
To coincide with his Exhibition at Cologne’s Galerie Bene Taschen, we catch up with Joseph Rodriguez to discover more about his poignant ’80s snapshots of El Barrio.
Midway through Freedomland – the second of Richard Price’s three novels set in the fictional New Jersey city Dempsey – an ambitious local reporter scrutinizes the apartment of a mother grieving over the disappearance of her young son.