Legendary melancholic fashion photographer, Corrine Day, passed away on Friday August 27th after an on-going battle with brain cancer.
Raised in Ickenham, west London by her grandmother, Day had a turbulent childhood. She had claimed that her mother ran a brothel – which was, probably, half-way to explaining her attitude towards sex and her annoyance at the sexualisation of fashion – while her tearaway father was emotionally distant.
After leaving school without many qualifications, Day’s first job was as a courier where, during one flight, a photographer told her she should be a model. Taking his advice, despite being only 5ft 6in and considered too short for the catwalk, Day appeared in adverts in the US and Australia, and catalogues in Japan. There she met her lifetime partner Mark Szaszy, who taught her how to use his camera. Eventually they settled in Milan, where Day began photographing other struggling young models.
Detmar Blow, husband of the late Isabelle Blow, has written a memoir based on the life of his amazing wife.
Documenting the various tragedies of her life, starting with the death of her two-year-old brother who died whilst in her care, Isabella Blow’s life was one of extremes of tragedy and inspiration. She fostered talent whilst nurturing desperate personal unhappiness.
Parts taken from The Guardian, read the full article here
Irving Penn, who has died aged 92, was one of the great photographers of the 20th century. His fashion pictures appeared in Vogue from the 1940s onwards, but he became known, too, for his portraits of writers, artists, celebrities, children and tradesmen, as well as his studies of tribesmen, nudes and still-lifes, which found beauty in decaying fruit or cigarette ends. He once claimed that “photographing a cake can be art”.