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I want to see if  I can answer simply the questions posed towards the beginning of the blog using knowledge of what I’ve researched:

  • Content Who is Georgina, What is going on?

The subject is a fashion model called Georgina Cooper, who modeled in the 90’s and still has a contract with Premier model management. The photo depicts her as if having taking drugs (whether true to life or not).

  • Intention Why so candid, How did she do it, As close as you can, Learn to be creative?

The candidacy and lack of styling to the photo emphasizes Day’s contempt for clean and less realistic fashion photography, and aims to present and more close to life image. She photographed using film, with photo being a c-type print, and presumably shot many photos of the one scene and edited them down to select the grittiest anti-glamorous shot. There is a more documentary style to the photo Georgina, Brixton, appears not to be retouched and the choice of media, photography, is argued as taking images as close to real life as possible.

  • Context Brixton, 1995, Everyday life?

The locations are representative of the subjects life, Day shooting in their own flats and houses. The photos appearing in 1995 match trends withing fashion and photography, the dirty glamour started in the 60s. It’s in line with youth culture and body image referred to in heroin chic, and poses itself as more representative of everyday life, rather than fictional unattainable traditional fashion imagery.

  • Themes Heroin Chic, Anti-Glamour, Conventional Beauty, Controversy?

Heroin Chic is a style in which Day’s work is seen, and is argued as glamorizing drug use through it’s explicit presentation in magazines like The Face and Ray Gun magazine. It is part of an anti-glamour style, ironically becoming a glamorous trend used in major Calvin Klein trends, first noted by artists like Larry Clark and Nan Goldin. It is controversial for its explicitness, and reached its peak in condemnation with Bill Clinton (ex-president of U.S.A.) speaking out against it after the death of Davide Sorrenti, a photographer involved with the style and tragic lifestyle of heroin chic. The notion of conventional beauty ties in with conventional fashion imagery, and is protested against by photographers like Terry Richardson, and commonly argued as as fictional and more of a lie. Day challenged this conventional beauty with use of androgynous models, limited use of retouching and accordance to the ‘waif’ look that depicts as fashion incredibly skinny models.

  • Additional Questions:
  1. Anti-glamorous? Yes although it created a new trend. The work can be seen as anti-glamour is it opposes fashion photography.
  2. Success? Her photos are successful in raising concerns about reality and the use of drugs in the fashion industry however unintentional.
  3. Influences? Their are influences of music, and Day describes people in her work. Her models’ surroundings influence the photographs as well as the social and historical context of her work.
  4. Similar works? Yes her work constitutes to a wider genre and style in which photographers before and after her produced work.
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