An exhibition about northern style

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A new exhibition at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool is one of my must-sees early this year (it’s on until 19 March). North: Identity, Photography, Fashion includes the photographs of Shirley Baker , Alistair McLellan, Elaine Constantine, Corinne Day and Nick Knight. Together with work by designers  Paul Smith, Raf Simons, Peter Saville, stylist Simon Foxton and many more. I grewRead more

Bill Cunningham: the legend

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I don’t often re-issue old posts, but here’s one I wrote after seeing Bill Cunningham New York the movie. The original street style photographer died in New York yesterday, aged 87: Here’s a gentleman – and Cunningham is a real gent – who’s been riding up and down the streets of New York for overRead more

Being inspired by the photography of Saul Leiter

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If you’ve seen the Todd Haynes’ film Carol these pictures will feel very familiar. Beautifully shot by the cinematographer Ed Lachman, Carol was visually inspired by the work of the late photographer Saul Leiter. Feeling in desperate need of inspiration, myself (it’s true what they say about all work and no play), I took myselfRead more

Edward Steichen at The Photographer’s Gallery


Gloria Swanson Edward Steichen took celebrity portraits and fashion photos for Vanity Fair and American Vogue in the 1920s and 30s. There’s a lovely exhibition of his work Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the Condé Nast Years 1923-1937, I first saw it in New York and now it’s on at The Photographer’s Gallery. Models in Vionnet dresses DefinitelyRead more

Quote of the week: Bill Cunningham


I cried at the Bill Cunningham New York movie (which opened in London this weekend). Here’s a gentleman – and Cunningham is a real gent – who’s been riding up and down the streets of New York for over half a century. On a rickety old bike. Snapping pictures of ordinary folk. Actually, Cunningham isRead more