Sunday, 17 October 2010

Money's Too Tight to Mention

But mention it we will, since the Observer ran a feature today about it's vicarious effect on creative fashion photography.

A Tim Walker spread featuring Karen Elson was used to illustrate it. Personally, from my relatively limited magazine experience compared to commmentator Lorraine Candy, I reckon there are plenty of other editorial pages to use for creative product placement without worrying overly about the fashion spreads. I do wonder, however, about the ways in which funds might be affected by the recession. I wonder if Vogue still has the resources to commission Walker as much. Or that Walker has the funds to source 80 rabbits and spend the best part of a day ensuring he gets the shot sans bunny poo.

I hope so. If only for the back stories behind such beautiful shoots. Robin Muir remembers, in Tim Walker's Pictures tome, how on seeing the above photo, Cant's uncle simply 'assumed she had done Playboy'. Apparently the  shoot's inspiration had been the well-known rat-based tale, The Pied Piper of Hamelyn. Walker explained, though: "We didn't want rats, because rats aren't very Vogue." Brilliant.

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