Steven Kasher Gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition by portrait photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. The exhibition will feature 10 portraits of legendary Supermodels from the 1970s and 1980s taken in 2009 while working on a project for Vanity Fair Magazine. The portfolio is comprised of 11 x 14 inch Ilfochrome prints. The images are of Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Beverly Johnson, Carol Alt, Dayle Haddon, Esme, Karen Bjornson, Kim Alexis, Lisa Taylor, and Nancy Donahue.
Timothy writes: “I have always been interested in how we deal with aging in our hopelessly ‘youth oriented’ society. These women, now in their fifties, were once the reigning queens of American beauty. As ultimate icons of world-wide marketing, I knew their stories would be extraordinary and I wanted to hear what they had to say. For the portraits, I used my 8x10 Deardorff and also filmed a documentary of interviews and mise-en-scene.”
One female viewer has found these images life changing: “We are held to that unattainable ideal of youth and beauty. It is liberating to see that these beautiful women are aging just like we are. We forgot that we are not supposed to look like 17-year-olds when we are fifty. Beauty isn’t just about youth; it’s good to be reminded of that. I feel much calmer after seeing these pictures. I keep thinking about them. Carol Alt even got into my dream! These are my new icons.”
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders started his portrait career in the mid-1970s while studying for his Master’s degree at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. It was at AFI that he learned lighting and posing tricks from Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Ingmar Bergman and Bette Davis (who said, “Young man, what the fuck are you doing shooting from below?”) In 1978, he began to experiment with large-format photography and then returned to New York to pursue portraiture. His first portfolio of works was an in-depth exploration of the participants in the American art world, which is now owned by MoMA and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Greenfield-Sanders’ subjects eventually expanded to include writers, poets, politicians, porn stars, and musicians. His portraits are in the collections of numerous museums worldwide.
Greenfield-Sanders has also directed five feature film documentaries. In 1998, he won a Grammy Award for his documentary film Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart. For the last three years he has directed and produced The Black List Project in collaboration with film critic Elvis Mitchell. The Project includes three feature films of interviews with leading African Americans (aired on HBO and winner of the NAACP Image Award), a book with Simon and Schuster and a traveling museum tour of Greenfield-Sanders’ portraits.
Greenfield-Sanders’ work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions worldwide since 1978. He is a contributing photographer at Vanity Fair magazine. He has published numerous books, including The Black List, (Atria’s Simon and Schuster, New York, 2008),Look, (Powerhouse, New York, 2006), Face to Face, (Skira, Milan, 2006), XXX: 30 Porn Star Portraits, Bulfinch, New York, 2005, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, (ACS, Milan, 2001), and Art World, (Fotofolio, New York, 1999.
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders: Supermodels of the 70s and 80s will be on view January 28 through February 27, 2010. Steven Kasher Gallery is located at 521 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 to 6pm. For more information or press requests please contact Kirsten Bengtson at 212 966 3978 or firstname.lastname@example.org.