The Impossible Image.
Fashion Photography in the Digital Age.


Photographs by Nick Knight, Rankin, Mike Thomas, Andrea Giacobbe and others. Edited by Mark Sanders, Phil Poynter and Robin Derrick.
Phaidon, London, 2000. 192 pp., numerous color illustrations, 9x11¾".



Publisher's Description
Contemporary fashion is as much about image as it is about ideas – the two concepts are synonymous with our perceived notions of style. Yet over the past decade, the increasing use of technology and image manipulation within the fashion industry have led to an increase in the fantastical image, as much a product of the machine as it is a result of the imaginative faculties of its creators. From fashion shoots that display clothes adorned on invisible models, to painterly reinterpretations of the traditional fashion tableau, the fine line between reality and fantasy is becoming increasingly blurred. The Impossible Image is a compilation of the best examples of this digital marriage. Art directed by Robin Derrick, the Art Director of British Vogue who also supplies the informative essay at the start of the book, it concentrates on the most innovative and thought-provoking use of new technology and its implementation within the modern fashion shoot. From work selected from international style titles to a new body of photography, exclusively commissioned from some of the leading fashion photographers in the industry, The Impossible Image is set to become the definitive publication on photographers within the fashion industry who are shaping the way of things to come. Including (among others) shoots by the giants of fashion photography Nick Knight, Inez van Lamsweerde, David LaChapelle and Norbert Schoerner, as well as work by a new breed of up-and-coming artists and photographers such as Philip Poynter, Solve Sundsbo, Andreas Giacobbe and Vincent Peters.

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