Cover of December Italian Vogue Features Models Who Photographed Themselves – Take that, Photoshop!

December 4, 2009 § 1 Comment

Apparently, the December 2009 cover of Italian Vogue features models who photographed themselves. So far we only have the cover, but you can see a luscious looking Gisele, plus Lara Stone, Natalia Vodianova and Christy Turlington. But no Chanel Iman or, like, another black???

I love the self-pic idea for so many reasons. First of all because it fits right in with our moment of picture vanity and instant communication, where all anybody does is take pictures of themselves for their Facebook profiles or various party/amateur porn websites (Guys with iPhones!). As we all know, if you’re not on Facebook, you’re sorta not even really real.

So I totally dig that Italian Vogue is up to speed on the current cultural moment. But the other thing that’s interesting about the self-pic idea is that it gives the model the chance to represent herself – as we see in the art of Cindy Sherman, who always styles herself in her own images.

Or what about Elle Muliarchyck, that model/artist who secretly took photographs of herself in luxury boutiques?

I don’t think it’s too naive of me to think that this self-pic idea is a great response to the many efforts to shatter the airbrushed glamour of fashion photography, especially as France moves to virtually ban airbrushing.  Not only can a fashion photograph be totally neat sans Photoshop, but hey look – models are real people, too.

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§ One Response to Cover of December Italian Vogue Features Models Who Photographed Themselves – Take that, Photoshop!

  • Are you sure there’s no Photoshoppin’ going on? I always assume Photoshop under all circumstances, until proven otherwise. … Also, Cindy Sherman, while she didn’t photoshop, did take many many shots before getting the right one. The interesting difference between Sherman and our digital photobooth moment is while her’s are explicitly about careful construction, our photos are supposed to look casual, unplanned and unedited, even as they are curated and constructed (I’m sure Vogue didn’t just randomly select 5 photos!)..Think about how much energy and thought we put into our profile photos!

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