Talks and Events
Thu 28 Jun 2018

Posturing: A Conversation around Fashion Imagery


Posturing, a new title from SPBH Editions edited by Holly Hay and Shonagh Marshall, brings together a group of young photographers, stylists, set designers, and commissioning editors that has created a movement celebrating aesthetic oddness. Questioning the essential function and meaning of a fashion image, it is a style of photography that rejects the hyper-sexualised body and celebrity-driven, glamour-obsessed vision of fashion that in the 2000s glorified naked consumerism.

This conversation led by Hay and Marshall explores how these voices and visions are changing traditional ideas of clothing, casting and images, as well as recontextualising what the body means to fashion, and what fashion can mean to the body. The two are joined by Cally Blackman and Bruno Ceschel and photographer Pascal Gambarte.


Cally Blackman is the author of 100 Years of Fashion Illustration100 Years of Menswear, and 100 Years of Fashion, and co-author of Portrait of Fashion for the National Portrait Gallery. She has contributed chapters to exhibition catalogues for the V&A and Palais Galliera, written for Acne Paper, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and delivered papers at numerous conferences.

Bruno Ceschel is a writer, publisher, lecturer and founder of Self Publish, Be Happy, an organisation that collects, studies, and celebrates self-published photobooks. Ceschel is also the Director of SPBH Editions, which has published books by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Lucas Blalock, Mariah Robertson and Lorenzo Vitturi.

Holly Hay is photographic director at Wallpaper*. She was part of the founding team at Garage, and later worked as picture editor at AnOther. Known for supporting new talent, Hay commissioned shoots with most of the photographers featured in this book early in their careers.

Pascal Gambarte is a photographer whose portraits have shaped the aesthetic of leading art print publications including Marfa JournalDust and Muse. He first came to the attention with his unusual, gothic approach to early shoots, such as his 2015 portraits of Hustler publisher Larry Flynt at home in Hollywood.

Shonagh Marshall is an independent curator. She previously worked at Somerset House where she curated Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!, Utopian Voices, Here and Now, and Hair by Sam McKnight. Her curatorial approach is centred on the role of fashion within contemporary culture and demystifying the process behind image-making.

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