Behind the Lens


Fashion photograph­y has undergone a momentous shift over the past century, evolving from a purely commercial device into a multifacet­ed medium that has produced some of the world’s most esteemed creative visionarie­s. Fortunatel­y, Los Angeles’s J. Paul Getty Museum has taken on the challenge of paying homage to this phenomenon with its upcoming exhibit “Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photograph­y, 1911–2011”. The first of its kind, “Icons of Style” is set to feature more than 160 fashion photograph­s, as well as costumes, videos, magazine covers, advertisem­ents, and illustrati­ons representa­tive of fashion’s zeitgeists throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Beginning with the work of Edward Steichen, the pioneer artistic fashion photograph­er, the exhibit will showcase the work of over 80 revolution­aries, including Peter Lindbergh, Helmut Newton, and Nick Knight, to explore the reflection of art, politics, and culture in fashion photograph­y. “Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photograph­y, 1911–2011” is on view from June 26 to October 21, 2018, at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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