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Corinne Day, George at Night by the Road, 1994.
Courtesy of The Estate of Corinne Day & Gimpel Fils






The year is 1990. In a fashion agency, a former model who has just started taking pictures with a camera she borrowed from her boyfriend finds Polaroid images of the then 14-year-old Kate Moss. Their acquaintance and collaboration introduced a new quality into fashion photography – instead of the perfect, classically beautiful, blonde models from the late 1980s, like Cindy Crawford or Claudia Schiffer, these images showed the world the crumpled face of an androgynous girl.
This was the beginning of “heroin chic”, or the trend of photographing imperfect beauty that became characteristic of the 1990s – pale girls with circles under their eyes and a predilection for hard drugs. Day was the creator of this style, but she also took other photographs – deeply personal documentaries, closer to Nan Goldin’s style. The exhibit at Pauza gallery shows photographs that reflect precisely this climate, previously unpublished materials prepared by the photographer before her premature death in 2010. Thanks to the help of Day’s partner, Mark Szaszy, who is in charge of her estate, we can show the secret aspects of her method, see her friends, learn about her fascinations, and finally encounter the artist herself, photographed by Szaszy.
Corinne Day (1962–2010, London)
Photographer. Pioneer of a new realism in fashion photography. Author of the autobiographical photobook Diary. Her works-in particular her sessions, in the 1990s, with a young Kate Moss-influenced a generation of fashion photographers. She was published in magazines such as The Face, i-D, and Vogue throughout her career. Day’s aesthetic continues to resonate across the artistic spectrum.
Pauza Gallery
ul. Floriańska 18/5
Vernissage: 18.05.2013, 20:00
Open: 19.05–16.06; TUE–SUN 15:00–21:00, CLOSED 30.05