Back streets of Paris – Photo of the day
Published by Paula Bray on September 17, 2010 in Photo of the day.
Back streets of Paris
The Powerhouse Museum may currently be hosting the Creating the look: Benini and fashion photography exhibition which draws on the amazing fashion photography archive of Italian-born Australian fashion photographer Bruno Benini (1925-2001), but among the Museum’s permanent collection there are many other fashion photographs taken by talented Australian fashion photographers over the decades. In the coming weeks we will share a few of these with you.
The shot above was taken by German émigré photographer Henry Talbot (a contemporary of Bruno Benini) in the back streets of Paris in 1967, when Talbot was on assignment for the International Wool Secretariat. The image captures Australian model Judy O’Connell in a boldly striped Pierre Cardin woollen mini dress. O’Connell, and her friend Penny Pardey, were working as house models for the House of Cardin at the time. The colourful dress, knee high boots, model’s stride, Volkswagen Beetle (?) and gritty urban backdrop combine to evoke an adventurous image of youthful vitality. If you enjoy this photograph and haven’t yet seen the Benini exhibition, do pop across to the Museum to see it, as I’m sure you will find it enjoyable, especially the darkroom and Jean-Francois’s digital experience.
Photography by Henry Talbot
© Estate of Henry Talbot
Post by Anne-Marie Van de Ven, Curator
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