Gosta Peterson: A Rebel and Pioneer in Fashion Photography
The captivating exhibit of the Swedish fashion photographer Gosta Peterson, is currently on view at Turn Gallery in the East Village, New York City. Gallerist/curator Annika Peterson ( Gosta's daughter) organizes a seamless collection of stunning and alluring photographs spanning the '60s, '70s, and '80s. Peterson, undoubtedly is in the same category as Penn, Avedon, and Newton, but was a rebel who shied away from the mainstream fashion community of the time ( refusing Vogue to hand select his models) and perhaps why he is unknown to the masses. Peterson was a visual pioneer who liked to juxtapose models in beautiful ball gowns and shoot them in mundane, vulgar settings. He was also the first to shoot British supermodel Twiggy in the U.S., and African-American model Naomi Sims for The New York Times ( making her the first black model to grace an American magazine cover). The exhibit is breathtaking, timeless, and a must-see , I deem it as a history lesson in fashion photography. Gosta Peterson: From the Archive is on view through March 8th in Manhattan, New York City.