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Camera Work : Arthur Elgort : Iconic Moments


Some images that you see once, you will never get out of your head. They will stay in your mind forever—because they triggered a certain emotion, and often, because they are uniquely beautiful, too. Images like these sometimes become part of the collective memory and, in Arthur Elgort’s case, part of fashion photography’s collective memory. Arthur Elgort is a master of creating iconic moments: Stella Tennant, fully dressed, diving into a pool; Kate Moss on an elephant in Nepal; or Christy Turlington looking out of the roof window of a car; and many more are on display at CAMERA WORK Gallery in Berlin.


Arthur Elgort on Kate Moss on Elephant in Nepal, 1994

“After the whole team had arrived in Nepal, we ate together. Only Kate and I abstained because we didn’t like the food. The next day, the entire team was in bed with food poisoning. Only Kate, our driver and I were spared and planned a joint trip to the elephants, where the photo was taken. There was no set, just Kate and me. The animals loved her. So the photo could only succeed with her.”


Arthur Elgort on Christy Turlington, New Orleans, 1990

“To be able to look at her work in a better light, our make-up artist Sonja asked Christy to look out of the roof window of the limousine for a moment. I waited outside and thought, that’s a good motif.”


Arthur Elgort

Until January 29, 2022


Kantstrasse 149

10623 Berlin

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