The litmus test of enduring talent is always found when you come back to something after years away and it still feels fresh. Like Nirvana’s Nevermind or Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, there’s some creativity that acts both as a marker for a point in time and continues to have resonance.
Corinne Day’s raw and intimate images of friends, most famously Kate Moss, captured the spirit of the 1990s and early 2000s.
She brought forth an honest and emotionally involved approach to image-making that sat in contrast to the boom times of the 1980’s with its full colour, high-gloss norm and Amazonian supermodels. Day’s early photographs of Kate Moss were integral to the model’s rise and her later images of Moss became infamous for creating the ‘grunge’ style and epitomising ‘heroin chic’. With Day, boundaries were blurred as life and fashion intersected at her and her partner’s, Mark Szaszy’s, Soho flat. Fashion was pulled off its pedestal and into the real world.
As Day said ‘photography 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’.
May the Circle Remain Broken is at Gimpel Fils Gallery, London.The exhibition it showcases Day’s earlier works and is accompanied by a book compiled by Mark Szaszy.
Corinne in Chungking Mansions, Kowloon 1987
Emma in red polo 1996
Georgina in the woods 1994,
Corinne Day, England’s Dreaming (Rose gold trousers) August 1993