International jet-set photographer Mario Testino, known for celebrity portraits and provocative fashion images, is currently the focus of an exhibit called Mario Testino: In Your Face at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The photographs throughout the exhibit are printed bigger than life, much like their subjects and the photographer himself. For those worshipping at the altar of celebrity and fashion, the subject matter alone would be enough to entice, but not everyone appreciates what goes into creating this kind of work.
Often, as museums expand the boundaries of art to include fashion related work they are also charged with providing programming designed to cultivate an appreciation for it, which is both relevant and informative as well as entertaining. There are also those who aspire to be a part of that world and would relish an opportunity to delve a little deeper. Added value programming allows art institutions to reach a broader audience.
"You don't take a photograph, you make it." ― Ansel Adams
Boston-based fashion photographer Tracy Aiguier recently presented a unique demonstration of what goes on behind the scenes at a fashion photo shoot. She put together a team of local fashion professionals and engaged the School of Fashion Design in Boston to provide original fashion created by student designers, showing that fashion is a part of the local community and accessible to all.
"Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I'm going to take tomorrow." – Imogen Cunningham
Aiguier explained the process involved in photographing fashion, answered questions, and allowed members of the audience to take her place behind the camera and capture images from their perspective. Although the veil of glamour had been lifted throughout the process, guests enjoyed a fully interactive experience that provided them with first-hand knowledge of the world of fashion photography.
"What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that's gone forever, impossible to reproduce." ― Karl Lagerfeld
"A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." ― Richard Avedon
If you are in the Boston area on November 14, and would like to see an artist demonstration with Alguler, click here.