Photographs by Chris Verene.
Reflex Modern Art Gallery,
24 pp., 40 color illustrations, 7¾x9¾".
In the mid-nineteen nineties, Chris Verene sought out photography clubs that advertise to aspiring models offering them a career in the modeling industry. These clubs have been in the US since the 1940’s—often seen as groups of male photographers huddled around swimsuit models in studios and on beach locations.
The project sought to document the photographers who join a club as way of access to women who would be willing to pose in lingerie, swimwear and nude. Verene joined these clubs in a number of American cities and surreptitiously made pictures of the men and their equipment while they were distracted by the models. Verene also conspired with a female friend who applied to the clubs as an aspiring model as a way of investigating the system that drives the organization. The two found that the clubs were never a real route to becoming a fashion model, and such promises were often offered in lieu of payment.
This catalog features works from The Whitney Biennial 2000, as well as works by Chris Verene's alter ego, Cheri Nevers. With a special section about 'Benjamin,' the late, great singer-songwriter from Georgia.
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