Evita Goze

Make Love Not War

Posted in photography, photography studies by evitagoze on March 27, 2011

In one of our lectures (given by Aaron Schuman) we discussed Steven Meisel‘s series Make Love Not War – published in Vogue Italia (September 2007) and hailed as “the most nauseatingly tasteless fashion pictures ever” by the Guardian – to explore the use of allegory, photographic themes and art-historical references within the context of contemporary fashion imagery.

Key readings for this lecture included “Introduction” by Paul Jobling in Fashion Spreads and “Erotic Allure” by Valerie Steele in Aperture No. 122: The Idealizing Vision – The Art of Fashion Photography.

Some of the images, we looked at and considered in relation to the fashion spread mentioned above:

Botticelli, Venus and Mars, 1483

Jacques Louis David, Mars Disarmed by Venus and the Three Graces, 1824

Nicolas Poussin, The Rape of the Sabine Woman, 1638

Hogarth, The Orgy, 1735

Jean – Leon Gerome, Slave Market, 1866

Oscar Rejlander,  The Two Ways of Life, 1857

Matthew Brady, American Civil War, 1860s

Timothy O’Sullivan, American Civil War, 1860s

Crew of the Memphis Belle

Pin-ups and planes

Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable, these were some of the most popular photographs among soldiers of the World war II

Joe Rosenthal, Iwo Jima, 1945

Lee Miller, self-portrait, 1933

David E. Sherman, Lee Miller in Hitler’s Bath, 1945

Lee Miller, Dead SS Soldier, 1945

Marilyn Monroe entertaining the troops

Raquel Welch, Vietnam, 1970

Apocalypse Now, Playmates scene, 1979

Larry Burrows, Vietnam


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