In my opinion this gets the palm as one of the best fashion shots ever made. At least of the year.
Granted, I might be cheating—we all have styles and genres of photography we like more than others, and, generally speaking, fashion photography—along with, for instance, insect photography—is one of the genres I don't personally have a feel for; and this shot might intersect more than most fashion photos with the social-documentary mode of photography that I do like. Still, a fine, interesting, and elegant picture, whatever genre you want to assign it to.
Victoria Will is the photographer who took the haunting tintype of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman that I discussed three days ago. (The processing for that photo was done by Josh Wool.) I spent some time at Victoria's website—she's an excellent photographer. Celebrity portraiture is another genre of photography that generally leaves me cold, but I thought her portrait of Brad Pitt was outstanding as well.
TOP will be off tomorrow, as usual, so that I can sit around feeling guilty about not doing housework. We'll return with an "Open Mike" on Sunday morning.
(Thanks to Jeff Greer)
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Kalli: "This is to fashion photography a bit like what Garry Winogrand's classic football field shot is to sports photography. It's all street to me."