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The Supermodel Collection

  • Guy Hepner Gallery
  • Guy Hepner Gallery
April 6, 2014
Ana Bambic Kostov is an art historian with passion for contemporary art.

Once upon a time, they were merely called – models, but as the fashion industry occupied the media, as it penetrated our everyday and our thoughts, the beautiful women who were considered vessels for designers’ visions transformed into a new, powerful, individual and mesmerizing beings – Supermodels.

The archetypal supermodel is the epitome of the supreme female beauty and force, seductive, but free, otherworldly, but real. When the word supermodel is used, many usually think of the first generation of supermodels, names we all know and love/hate, personas who developed into symbols of contemporary pop culture. Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen and the company were the ethereal muses of fashion designers and photographer at the height of their catwalk rule, and still are today, because for some reason, their beauty doesn’t seem to fade.

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Michel Comte – Cindy Crawford Paparazzi

The Supermodel Collection

Art photography has always implied highly aestheticized work, while beauty is one of the principal subjects of the medium. Supermodels represent the point where art photography and fashion intercept and unite, as alluring, perfect and almost surreal images of glorious women are captured. Numerous celebrity photographers made photographs of supermodels, inscribing their Olympian nature onto the pages of history.

New virtual collection of Guy Hepner Contemporary Art Gallery provides an insight into the world of supermodels, by presenting a selection of iconic photographs created by famous fashion photographers. While all the images exude an absolute beauty, one impression remains the strongest – Supermodels are not serving the fashion, fashion is there to serve them.

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Michel Comte – Helena Christensen

Michel Comte

Michel Comte is a great figure in the world of fashion photography. He has photographed virtually every supermodel, famous actor, actress or artist, which makes him one of the most prolific personages in the industry. His photos of Cindy, Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Gisele Bundchen, Helena Christensen, Naomi Campbell, Carla Bruni stant along with images of Sophia Loren, Jeff Koons, Sylvester Stallone, and Mike Tyson, to name only a few of his celebrated subjects.

Michel Comte is a self-taught photographer and he worked for almost every influential magazine in the world and his work is included in a number of important collections. He is the creator of some of the classic supermodel images we all know today.

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Albert Watson – Christy Turlington

Albert Watson

Albert Watson is one of the best fashion photographers, known for shooting more than 200 covers of Vogue and 40 covers of Rolling Stone. He emerged on the scene after he photographed Alfred Hitchcock in 1973. His pictures of Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Christy Turlington among others are nowadays some of the most famous fashion images to date.

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Rankin – Kate 4 Ever

New photographers

After 2000, a new kind of a Supermodel emerged onto the scene in the form of Angels of Victoria’s Secret, promoting femininity away from the anorexic standards of the runway. With the new perspective, new generations of photographers appeared as well, and among them Rankin, Gavin Bond, Russell James and James White take a prominent spot. They all bring closer glimpses of behind-the-stage life of these beautiful and widely admired women.

The new virtual exhibition at Guy Hepner gallery presents an entire collection of Supermodel images, paralleling the beginnings, the development and the today of the supermodel phenomenon.

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Michel Comte – Cindy Crawford
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Russel James – Gisele, Los Angeles
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Rankin – Kate Big Issue