Nineties Nostalgia

Remembering Corinne Day

Corinne Day, the British fashion photographer who launched Kate Moss's career, is remembered through a new exhibit and book of her work.

Corinne Day

Corinne Day

Corinne Day emerged as an influential fashion photographer in the early 1990s, most notably for her work with a young, emerging Kate Moss – her photos of the 1990 The Face magazine "Summer of Love" cover, and the 1993 British Vogue cover are some of the most recognizable of Moss. In 2010, Day tragically passed away from a brain tumor at the age of 48, leaving behind her husband, film-make Mark Szaszy, and a legacy of documentary-style images that seemingly pioneered bringing the idea of a more documentary -- and real -- element to fashion photography. Belinda White, fashion editor at The Telegraph, wrote of Day following her untimely death: “[Day’s] style of photography kicked off the whole grunge movement in the '90s in a blaze of controversy. No discernible make-up, natural light, girls with flaws, were Corinne's trademarks. Accusations of her promoting “heroin chic” and anorexia did nothing to halt her industry appeal or her stellar career. Her work was so unmistakably British and effortlessly cool in a way that a million copycats could never hope to emulate, try as they might. Corinne was the real deal.” In remembrance of the late photographer, her husband has curated an exhibition (open through November 23 at Gimpels Fil Gallery in London) and a book (available November by Aron Morel) – both titled May the Circle Remain Unbroken after one of Day’s favorite 13th Floor Elevators songs – that provide an intimate look into the late-photographer’s images from the height of her career, from 1987 to 1996. The compilation of photos feature Day’s friends in natural and raw environments, photographed in her and Szaszy’s Soho apartment. "Photography," Day said, "is getting as close as you can to real life, showing us things we don't normally see. These are people's most intimate moments, and sometimes intimacy is sad."

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Emma in Red Polo Neck

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Kate Moss

  

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Georgina Cooper

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George Clements on the Road at Night

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Vinca Naked in Mask

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George Clements Looking Through Window

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From Diary

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Rosemary Ferguson in Gold Trousers

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Bath in Lake

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Mary With Sparkler on her Birthday

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Rosemary Fergusson Wading in Lake

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Georgina Cooper

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George Clements Climbing Wall

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Kate and Fran Contact Sheet

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George Clements at Kitchen Sink

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Rocky Sleeping