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Camera Work : Arthur Elgort


Until January 29th 2022, the CAMERA WORK gallery presents the exhibition “Arthur Elgort”, which, with more than 40, partly large-format works by the internationally renowned photographer, shows how he changed the style of fashion photography from the early 1970s onwards. It is Arthur Elgort‘s first solo exhibition in Germany.

Arthur Elgort (*1940 in New York) attended Stuyvesant High School and then went on to study painting at Hunter College. From early on, he realized that he wanted to express himself artistically in a more diverse way and therefore he decided to take a chance on photography. This turned into a passion, and he had found his true talent. Soon after, in 1971, he made his debut in British »Vogue«. With that he gained a permanent place in the world of fashion photography, which he has influenced substantially during is 50-year-long career up to the present day.

Arthur Elgort brought a breath of fresh air to the staged and stiff studio shoots of the early 1970s. Channeling the idea of the Impressionists, the former painting student encouraged his models to move freely creating a snapshot aesthetic outside in the »real world«. which was beyond the standard of the day. The exhibition shows lively models with less make-up in natural lighting, portrayed by Arthur Elgort with his unmistakable personal style. Among them are world-famous photographs of fashion icons and supermodels such as Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Helena Christensen, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Gia, Linda Evangelista, and Beverly Johnson.

Besides these iconic portraits, the exhibition gives an insight into Arthur Elgort’s versatility as a photo artist, in which context his passionate photographic work on classical ballet took place and in which intriguingly relaxed portraits of the Rolling Stones and their lead singer Mick Jagger were taken.


Arthur Elgort

Until January 29, 2022


Kantstrasse 149

10623 Berlin, Germany

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