CORINNE DAY // 23rd September 2011

In the early 1990s, there was a magazine which would be very much missed a twenty years later. Its name The Face and among the many photographers working for it, Corinne Day. She died a few months ago and she will always be famous for having discovered many of the super top models. Such as Kate Moss when she was just a post-teenage girl. An exhibition in London pays tribute to Corinne Day’s gift and vision.

The show includes images from Day’s fashion stories – Heaven is Real or Borneo – published in the magazine in February and August 1991.
What is very specific to Day’s photographs is that they do not feel staged or posed, the pictured people don’t seem to have been removed from the everyday world. But beyond soon-to-be-famous models, what Corinne Day has captured with her lenses is the zeitgeist of early 90s Britain. As the editor of The Face, Sheryl Garrett, explained “the magazine set out a new editorial task of expressing the underground movements of the 90’s. Acid house, ecstasy and the massive, rapid rise of rave culture was the magazine’s inspiration. It felt like a time for smiling rather than pouting, for bright colours and openness and also for something more natural and real – which Corinne Day’s images tapped into very clearly“.

Corinne Day’s 2007 portrait commission of Kate Moss has been produced as an edition of 10 by the Gimpel Fils Gallery in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery. ‘It’s almost like one of those Victorian scientific studies of emotions – in some of them she looks as if she is about to speak, or has just finished speaking – but we don’t know what she would say‘, commented National Portrait Galley director Sandy Nairn.

on view through the 1st of October 2011
Gimpel Fils
30 Davies Street
W1K 4NB London

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