The International Center of Photography has deemed 2009 “The Year of Fashion,” and they’ve scheduled some appropriately mind-ripping exhibits to celebrate it. “This is Not a Fashion Photograph,” which opens today, features original prints from their collection, shot by a stellar selection of documentary and art photographers who are not traditionally associated with fashion—Malick Sidibé, Bruce Davidson and Danny Lyon among them. Although their work wasn’t originally shot as fashion photogoraphy, each has an innate sensibility and style that has informed and influenced the direction of contemporary fashion photography. “The Weird Beauty” exhibition, which runs concurrently, features hundreds of tear sheets and magazine covers from both mainstream and independent publications by many of today’s leading fashion photographers. The inclusion of Krisanne Johnson‘s ATL story from FADER #54 makes a connection between the two shows: a fashion story shot by a documentary photographer whose objective was to create imagery which feels as authentic as possible.
Both shows run from January 16 through May 3 at ICP Gallery, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York City.