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Corinne Day self portrait 90's

Corinne Day (born February 1962; died August 2010)

…is a British photographer whose raw and ‘as close as you can to real life’ style generated interest and controversy during the 90’s, when she shot to fame and left her mark in fashion photography.

Born in west London, Day was brought up by her Grandmother in Ickenham for several years, claiming that her mother was a brothel-keeper. Before finding work as a commercial model in Australia, Japan and the U.S. Day worked as a bank clerk aged 16 and later as an international courier. After appearing in a variety of advertisements, and catalogues, Day opted out of modeling claiming that “[she] wasn’t really a conventional beauty, [she] was quite plain-looking for a model” in an interview for the Observer in 2000.

It was whilst she was modeling however where she met husband Mark Szaszy, a British film director, and it was at this point where she learnt her skills and explains how ‘you must learn to be creative’ (2002 Guardian interview). Day lived in LA before moving back to London working for The Face Magazine which remains a significant part of her career and reputation, when she shot Kate Moss for the Summer of Love editorial 1990 on a beach in East Sussex. It was this that pushed the boundaries and is still considered fresh, real and non-contrived, and distinguished from more glamorous fashion shots of the 80’s.

Day continued to find success and published her first book Dairy in 2000 which took an honest look into her life, and was also exhibited in the same year between March and December at The Photographers Gallery. The collection of intimate works documented in part her battle with a brain tumor of which she was diagnosed with in 1996 at the Bellevue Hospital after collapsing in New York. The tumor returned in 2008 and despite a campaign ran by friends which raised £100,000 aimed at specialised chemotherapy at a clinic in Arizona, Day died peacefully on Friday 27th August her home. She had already exceeded her life expectancy after  her prognisis of 8 years by an oncologist at Whitechapel Hospital, London, due to good nutrition and Day’s determination.

Since her death, Day has been remembered on numerous websites and her work still iconic rekindling interest and intrigue.

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