The 12 months 1993 proved fruitful for New York-born photographer Steven Meisel. In excess of a 12-month interval, he shot 28 handles for worldwide editions of Vogue journal and about 100 editorials and campaigns, starring the then-emerging coterie of 1990s supermodels – Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington et al – with which his photographic output is for good intertwined.
A new exhibition in A Coruña, Spain, ‘Steven Meisel 1993 A 12 months in Photographs’ (19 November 2022-1 Could 2023), celebrates this blockbuster 12 months, collating portraiture spanning both of those fashion and society additional broadly (topics in the latter group include things like musician Barbra Streisand and actor Kyle MacLachlan).
Steven Meisel 1993 A Yr in Photographs
Meisel’s output is numerous – at times spare and sensual, in black and white, other periods capturing the colourful exuberance of the 10 years – even though normally centres on an specific connection with his matter. Indeed, of the so-identified as supermodel era he is credited with defining, Meisel suggests that he was basically drawn to photographing the women he loved and had friendships with, rather than making an attempt to rewrite the zeitgeist. A close romance with Madonna resulted in him photographing the musician for her headline-grabbing Intercourse e-book, introduced in 1992.
‘Steven’s photos achieve outside of the surface area to capture the genuine individuality of his issue, constantly transcending their context,’ suggests exhibition organiser Marta Ortega. ‘They are with out a question some of the most important and exciting style pictures at any time manufactured.’ Ortega also credits his ‘prodigious talent’ as the foundation of this uncommon exhibition of Meisel’s get the job done – ‘[he’s] one of the most intriguing photographers of his generation’.
Substantially of the exhibition’s portraiture is in black and white, which the photographer favoured for the duration of the 1990s. ‘At the time, black and white felt cooler in every way,’ Meisel claims. ‘Unless I’m explained to by someone that I have to do black and white or colour, the option of a person or the other is instinctive.’
Meisel notes that his photographic oeuvre is a reflection of his individual character – his deep-rooted obsessions and dreams, born from looking through copies of his mother’s Vogue journal as a baby (he says that ‘visions’ of trend have played like a film in his thoughts ever given that). Occasionally, this reflection is much more literal, with types mimicking the hallmarks of Meisel’s individual recognisable fashion in his photographs (namely – poker-straight black hair and signature bandana).
‘What you actually see in these portraits is me,’ says Meisel.
‘Steven Meisel 1993 A Yr in Photographs’ at Muelle de la Batería, A Coruña, 19 November 2022-1 May 2023.
A version of this short article appears in the December 2022 issue of Wallpaper*, offered in print, on the Wallpaper* app on Apple iOS, and to subscribers of Apple News +. Subscribe to Wallpaper* today (opens in new tab)!