Fashion photography is a paradox. It is equal parts inspiring and infuriating – an art form that, in its dedication to celebrating beauty, plays a huge role in making many people (women especially) feel anything but beautiful. Our culture is both drawn to, and repelled by, the fashion industry’s imagery – whether it’s a striking black-and-white portrait by Herb Ritts or one of Ellen von Unwerth’s steamy scenes of tiny-waisted women striking sexy poses in Guess jeans. That’s what makes it such a fascinating topic for an art show. Snap! Orlando presents a series of images from the world of fashion photography that idealizes and deconstructs the modern fashion industry and its standards. From Douglas Kirkland’s vintage portraits of fashion icon Coco Chanel to Dina Litovksy’s behind-the-scenes images taken at a catwalk show, Couture Culture gives viewers a chance to look at fashion (and fashion photography) under the microscope.
Opens 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, through Nov. 7 | Snap! Space, 1013 E. Colonial Drive | snaporlando.com