The Getty Museum in Los Angeles currently has on display ICONS OF STYLE : A CENTURY OF FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY, 1911-2011. The Getty has a history of curating some very good photography exhibitions and this one is up to the usual standards. I have not done much fashion work and I don’t follow the trends but I do appreciate good photography when I see it. I have books by Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier and Helmut Newton. I went to the show not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. The work was first rate and from about the 50’s to the present I recognized most of the images.
I try hard to expose myself to all kinds of photography. I have a niche that I subscribe to for my own work but understand that inspiration comes in many different forms. My abstract work has been influenced by a number of contemporary German artists. Looking at other forms of contemporary art, architecture, and even music can have a great influence on your work if you let it.
The show runs through October 21, so if your in the area go to the Getty to see the show. Also the Getty is a great place to shoot architecture and people.
J Paul Getty Museum
Icons of Style
Irving Penn, Nick Knight, Jean-Baptiste Mondino
Chris Von Wangenheim and Francisco Scavullo
Hiro and William Silano
Horst P Horst