she even makes note of it in her own writing but doesn't qualify what she said, this is all in a state of trend, nothing more. Why doesn't she REALLY take on the ongoing, continuing status of fine fashion photography? Instead she eludes to so many interim creatives and temporary [minute] icons, trend seekers at best, that she glazed over the quality work being done by so many great shooters. She also forgets to mention that in the 50s there were maybe a dozen fashion publications, now there is television, the internet, and a new trends in streetwear publication showing up monthly - hundreds, thousands if you include the world. And none of them supporting photographers financially, or with the great respect as they did back in the day.
Our present and more serious situation in photography has little to do with the decline of fashion photography, it has to do with the decline of good photography. Good styling. Good thought processes and provoking ideas. We have too many GWCs running around calling themselves fashion photographers... or glamour photographers... or photographers period. When I see work by Richard Warren, Stephen Eastwood, Christian, and Eric Striffler to name a few, up and coming hard working dedicated craftsmen, this editorial by Karen goes out the window... simple as that.
As a commercial photographer I have not had an art director hand me a layout in over eight years. No conceptual drawings. No thumbnail sketches. No rough comps. Nothing. Now that is a decline in the creative process, not the photography.
"Helmut Newton-inspired psycho-sexual-disability trend of the late '70s and '80s." When she made this statement I got a feeling she was quoting some mindless professor at her alma matter while not stopping to take in the greater [opinion] view that Newton was so much more than just a moment of "trend" photography. What an injustice to us all when you start lobbing stones with ill gotten quotes that are poorly supported at best, at one of the greatest inspirationalists of modern times.
Once the dust of "everyone with a camera is a photographer" settles, we will all be able to get back to understanding what is valuable in our craft... the ability, affordability, the value, and passion of creating great images. Meanwhile, those of us who actually see past the "trend" of out-of-control-art-directors-who-haven't-got-a-clue-what-good-photography-is, the status of amazing creative work survives very nicely.
Nice topic RG, thanks for the link.