The 12 months 1993 proved fruitful for New York-born photographer Steven Meisel. Over a 12-month interval, he shot 28 covers for worldwide editions of Vogue journal and over 100 editorials and campaigns, starring the then-emerging coterie of Nineteen Nineties supermodels – Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington et al – with which his photographic output is without end intertwined.
A brand new exhibition in A Coruña, Spain, ‘Steven Meisel 1993 A Yr in Pictures’ (19 November 2022-1 Could 2023), celebrates this blockbuster 12 months, collating portraiture spanning each style and tradition extra broadly (topics within the latter class embody musician Barbra Streisand and actor Kyle MacLachlan).
Steven Meisel 1993 A Yr in Pictures
Meisel’s output is various – typically spare and sensual, in black and white, different instances capturing the colorful exuberance of the last decade – although at all times centres on a person connection along with his topic. Certainly, of the so-called supermodel period he’s credited with defining, Meisel says that he was merely drawn to photographing the ladies he cherished and had friendships with, somewhat than making an attempt to rewrite the zeitgeist. A detailed relationship with Madonna resulted in him photographing the musician for her headline-grabbing Intercourse e book, launched in 1992.
‘Steven’s pictures attain past the floor to seize the true persona of his topic, at all times transcending their context,’ says exhibition organiser Marta Ortega. ‘They’re for sure a number of the most necessary and attention-grabbing style pictures ever made.’ Ortega additionally credit his ‘prodigious expertise’ as the idea of this uncommon exhibition of Meisel’s work – ‘[he’s] one of the crucial intriguing photographers of his era’.
A lot of the exhibition’s portraiture is in black and white, which the photographer favoured through the Nineteen Nineties. ‘On the time, black and white felt cooler in each means,’ Meisel says. ‘Except I’m informed by any person that I’ve to do black and white or color, the selection of 1 or the opposite is instinctive.’
Meisel notes that his photographic oeuvre is a mirrored image of his personal persona – his deep-rooted obsessions and needs, born from studying copies of his mom’s Vogue journal as a toddler (he says that ‘visions’ of style have performed like a film in his thoughts ever since). Generally, this reflection is extra literal, with fashions mimicking the hallmarks of Meisel’s personal recognisable fashion in his pictures (particularly – poker-straight black hair and signature bandana).
‘What you actually see in these portraits is me,’ says Meisel.
‘Steven Meisel 1993 A Yr in Pictures’ at Muelle de la Batería, A Coruña, 19 November 2022-1 Could 2023.
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