CORINNE DAY SHOOK UP FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE EARLY 90S WITH HER CANDID AND DOCUMENTARY AESTHETIC, LABELLED “HEROIN CHIC”
Starting her career at The Face magazine, where Day infamously shot Kate Moss barely sixteen in “The Third Summer of Love” editorial. As the magazine was renowned for breaking boundaries with its radical art direction and page design, Corinne’s striking imagery provided the perfect match.
In less-known fashion stories like “Heaven is Real” and “Borneo” she captured an ethereal, playful and provocative vision of teenage femininity, as Moss is pictured in the sea just in flippers, bikini with beer and also enacting a carefree friendship with model Lorraine Pascale.
She found beauty all around her, the photos which were shot in-between fashion shoots and whilst filming a documentary following a group of homeless teenagers in Berlin reflect how Day’s observational style of photography seamlessly blended her work life with her personal life, never switching off.
The documentary “Corinne Day: Diary” directed by Mark Szaszy, offers up an intimate and compelling portrait of the photographer. The short film traces Day’s life between 1992 and 2002: exploring her fall from grace when in 1993 her photographs were regarded as glamourising drug abuse and anorexia; going through her battle with a brain tumour in 1996; finally reaching the 2000 when she returned into the public eye with her solo exhibition at the Photographer’s Gallery in London.
Tomorrow marks the six-year anniversary of Corinne Day’s death – woman, photographer and icon who, with her daring and often provocative imagery, also became synonymous of the 90’s.