Below is a quote from curator and writer, Charlotte Cotton, who was featured in Issue #216 of Aperture Magazine.
“Fashion photography is rightly characterized by constant change for being porous, reactive, even predictive in its visualizations and reflections of consumer society. While this has continued to be true… this century has so far failed to deliver a climate for image-makers to truly innovate…” (Charlotte Cotton)
In some ways, I couldn’t agree more with what Cotton is saying here, but in others, I totally disagree. While technology has made fashion photography more accessible and efficient, amongst an endless list of other adjectives, it has also changed the way in which we view art. I think it's a fallacy to assert that there are no influential creatives of this time period. What we must consider when evaluating the current state of fashion, is that different doesn’t always mean bad, especially when it comes to art. Photography is constantly changing and evolving, and while I believe there is a teeter-totter effect to be mindful of, reminiscing about a time period we cannot return to seems to be a waste of valuable time.
Unlike what Cotton is suggesting in this quote, I believe there is no limit to creativity, and if we ever hope to live in a world that is truly inclusive, accepting and real, we must stop bashing our fellow creatives to make a name for ourselves. Fashion is often characterized as a cruel and inhumane industry, but is this description simply an outdated theory that is begging to be disproven? I sure hope so.