The whole ethos of SHOWstudio is to do exactly that - to show the studio and thereby open up the creative process to the same scrutiny given to the finished product. The exhibition Fashion In The Mirror has a similar premise, examining self-reference and exposure of the 'nuts and bolts' of the image-making process in fashion photography from the 1950s to the present day. Penny Martin, no stranger to the backstage workings of photographic studios herself, discussed the exhibition with its curators Michel Mallard and Raphaëlle Stopin, and with photographer Jonathan de Villiers, whose rarely-seen ‘printers proofs’ are amongst the wide variety of material included in the exhibition. a transcript of their conversation, taken from a discussion panel at The Photographer’s Gallery on 2 September, is now available on SHOWstudio.
Fashion in the Mirror is at The Photographer’s Gallery until 14 September 2008