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Shanghai Center of Photography is delighted to present in collaboration with the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography the new exhibition “Beyond Fashion”! April 11 to July 26, 2020.
Images from the world’s most famous fashion photographers; the legendary creators of all we understand today as the culture of fashion and style!
Curated by photography specialist Nathalie Herschdorfer, director of the Swiss Museum of Fine Arts Le Locle, SCoP is thrilled to present an amazing array of photographs from the creative vision of photographers like Paolo Roversi and Nick Knight, the late Peter Lindbergh (1944-2019), Bruce Weber, Mario Testino and Juergen Teller. We are also proud to do so alongside the work of women photographers like Ellen von Unwerth, Viviane Sassen, Inez Van Lamsweerde, Emma Summerton, Ina Jang, and two of China’s hot young photographers Kiki Xue (薛炜) and Feng Li (冯立).
Join us in discovering how their highly individual approach to the aesthetics of an image takes their works beyond the simple ideas we have about fashion.
In recent decades, fashion photography has expanded its horizons beyond a “hard sell” of the garments themselves. The creative vision of its photographers today gives ever more visual form to the diverse ways in which we like to identify ourselves. Success is elusive. How to keep up with a pace of style that would be for most people exhausting? To make a mark, fashion photographers rely upon creative vision today like never before where each new season presents a new array of aspirations. For the photographers presented here, the challenge is clearly exhilarating.
“Beyond Fashion” comes to Shanghai as part of an international tour. And, located arguably in China’s most stylish city, SCoP is honored to play host to an exhibition which goes beyond the simple artifice of a conventional fashion photo, to look not only at how models are used to sell us the garments we desire, but at how clothing has come to define everything about our personality. In less politically-correct times, we would describe our theme as “Clothes maketh the man”. Today, clothes clearly maketh everyone! Not only do women drive the fashion industry with a gusto equal to that of their male counterparts, but there is an entire generation of female photographers like Olivia Bee, Coco Capitan, Zoë Ghertner, Ina Jang, Viviane Sassen, Yelena Yemchuk, ambitious to be every bit as good and better than the male legends of the fashion industry.
But don’t just take our word for it. Come and see for yourself how these amazingly creative photographers play with aesthetics in extraordinary ways to project narratives that reach beyond fashion.
“Beyond Fashion” presents nearly 100 works from highly acclaimed fashion photographers, including legendary figures like Nick Knight, Paolo Roversi, Peter Lindbergh, Miles Aldridge and Ellen von Unwerth, as well as representative figures of the new generation like Blommers & Schumm, Solve Sundsbo, Daniel Sannwald, Viviane Sassen and Erik Madigan Heck.
Join us in celebrating photography about the culture of style that goes far beyond fashion!
Miles Aldridge, Kent Baker, Michael Baumgarten, Olivia Bee, Blommers & Schumm, Koto Bolofo, Coco Capitan, Elinor Carucci, Elaine Constantine, Maisie Cousins, Jack Davison, Jonathan de Villiers, Horst Diekgerdes, Zoë Ghertner, René Habermacher, Ben Hassett, Aimée Hoving, Ina Jang, Paul Jung, Sebastian Kim, Nick Knight, Anaïs Leu, Feng Li (冯立), Peter Lindbergh, Glen Luchford, Erik Madigan Heck, Raymond Meier, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Hanna Moon, Marton Perlaki, Paolo Roversi, Daniel Sannwald, Viviane Sassen, Scheltens & Abbenes, Scott Schuman, Heji Shin, Emma Summerton, Sølve Sundsbø, Juergen Teller, Mario Testino, Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Willy Vanderperre, Ellen von Unwerth, Ben Watts, Bruce Weber, Kiki Xue (薛炜), Yelena Yemchuk, Txema Yeste
Nathalie Herschdorfer is a curator and art historian specializing in the history of photography. She is Director of the Museum of Fine Arts Le Locle, Switzerland, where for the last 6 years she has organized photography shows of the work of Alex Prager, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Vik Muniz, Todd Hido, Garry Winogrand and Henri Cartier-Bresson. She has worked as a curator with the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography for several years, specifically on projects dedicated to fashion photography.
Previously, she was a curator at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne. She is the author of several books, among them The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Photography, Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast, Afterwards: Contemporary Photography Confronting the Past, and New Swiss Architecture (all Thames & Hudson). Most recent publications are Body: The Photography Book (Thames & Hudson), Mountains by Magnum Photographers (Prestel) and the Chinese language version of The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Photography that will be published in May 2020.
THE Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography (FEP)
FEP was founded in 2003 as a non-profit organization. Based in Minneapolis, a city with a vibrant tradition for support for the arts, FEP has produced a large number of highly successful exhibition travelling to 35 countries on 4 continents. Catalogues produced in conjunction with the exhibition have been published in many language editions. Exhibitions include “Civilization: The Way We Live Now’; “Arnold Newman: Masterclass”, “William Wegman: Being Human” among numerous others.
Dates: Apr. 11 - Jul. 26
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday @ 10:30 - 17:30 (Last Admission 17:00)
Open: May 1 - May 5
Price: Student Ticket ¥30 / Adult Ticket ¥40
please present your valid student card at the venue
Metro: Yunjin Road, Line 11, Exit 2