This post has been a long time coming. A few weeks ago, I had the day off for one of those random holidays New Englanders are so fond of (that I don’t get paid for!). Anyway, I dragged myself out of bed early for a pumpkin spice latte (yumm) and decided to check out the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), which I took a picture of and posted here.
I wandered aimlessly about through Egyptian displays (with mummies and plaster body casts), Roman statues, Millet pastels, Monet paintings, Matisse (my favorite!) paintings, glass cases of Majolica, but aside from seeing the two very small Matisse paintings, I found the Avedon fashion photography exhibit to be the most interesting.
What/who is Avedon? Well, “Richard Avedon was one of the greatest image-makers of the twentieth century. He revolutionized fashion photography with his imaginative, spirited portrayals of the “good life” showing beautiful women wearing extraordinary clothes in irresistible settings, as well as memorable portrayals that are both elegant and reserved” (according to the MFA website). Basically, he was awesome.
I tend to think of photography as a secondary art (sort of a cop out). However, I love (!) fashion photography, which a lot of photographers would call purely commercial and superficial. Maybe that’s true, but some of the images I saw at the museum were truly stunning. There are so many layers of art (even different artists) that go into creating a fashion photo. You have the model who is the object (the canvas, if you will), the clothing designer, the make-up artist, the hair stylist, and finally the photographer (not to mention lighting, sets, etc).