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The Fashion Pictures at Casa Diana

By Carmen Gutiérrez

Galería Casa Diana inaugurate its winter season with a book signing and photographic exhibition from Deborah Turbeville’s latest Rizzoli book The Fashion Pictures. Judith Thurmans wrote in the New Yorker (Nov 14, 2011), “Richard Avelon and Irving Penn both drew a distinction between the pictures they took for fashion magazines and their art photography. Fashion paid the bills, but they rather looked down on it. Deborah Turbeville’s fashion pictures of the past 35 years-cryptic hybrids of wit and melancholy, nostalgia and vandalism, romantic pathos and modern anomie-have earned her a place in their company. But she, too, has qualms about the genre. “Fashion takes itself more seriously than I do,” she said the other day, at the opening of her latest show. “I’m not really a fashion photographer.” A fashion photographer gets paid for making an expensive commodity into an object of desire. But Penn and Avedon always managed to subvert the transaction, and so does Turbeville. If you really insist on knowing who designed the ball gowns, furs, bathing suits, embroidered boleros, cocoon coats, Grecian tunics, harem pants and riding habits in The Fashion Pictures, you have to read the fine print of the endnotes.

Photography exhibit: The Fashion Pictures by Deborah Turbeville, Sat, Jan 7, 6-8pm. Galería Casa Diana, Recreo 48

The show runs until February 14, 10am-2pm and 4-7pm, 152-0885.

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