Monday, April 16, 2012

About Face

When Timothy Greenfield-Sanders began photographing modelling's biggest names from the 1970s and '80s for an exhibition at the Steven Kasher Gallery in 2009, he was so inspired by the dynamism of the group of women that he felt compelled to document the extraordinary stories behind the faces. Greenfield-Sanders documentary "About Face", provides a revealing insight into the machinations of the beauty industry and society's less than forgiving attitudes towards ageing. Throughout the course of his interviews with iconic models from the 1950s through to the '80s including Carmen Dell'Orefice, China Machado, Marisa Berenson, Pat Cleveland, Isabella Rossellini, Cheryl Tiegs, Christie Brinkley, Paulina Porizkova and Christy Turlington, Greenfield-Sanders not only delves into their personal lives and success stories but also sheds light on the unseemly side of modelling, touching on subjects including racism, the exploitation of minors, sexual harassment and drug abuse. 

"About Face" is essential viewing for any model aficionado as it pays tribute to the often overlooked generations of models who paved the way for the supermodels of the late Eighties and Nineties. Hearing the fascinating and often witty insights shared by models such as China Machado and Carmen Dell'Orefice, both of whom are now 80-something, one get's a clearer perspective of what it truly means to be "Super". In an interview with American Harpers Bazaar, Greenfield-Sanders sums it up perfectly, "They're all survivors. They defined beauty for their generations. And they have the most fabulous personalities. These women are complex creatures; they're smart woman who survived in a tough business. In front of the camera they come alive. But more important, they're beautiful on the inside and out."

Patti Hansen, Nancy Donahue, Carol Alt, Kim Alexis,
 Kelly Emberg, Lisa Taylor, Esme Marshall, Cheryl Tiegs,
 Karen Bjornson, Christie Brinkley, Beverly Johnson & Dayle Haddon
Photographer - Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Source - harpersbazaar.com


Carmen Dell'Orefice
Photographer - Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Source - evewithoutadam.net

China Machado
Photographer - Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Source - harpersbazaar.com

Isabella Rossellini
Photographer - Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Source - harpersbazaar.com

Lisa Taylor
Photographer - Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Source - stevenkasher.com

Carol Alt
Photographer - Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Source - stevenkasher.com

Cheryl Tiegs
Photographer - Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Source - stevenkasher.com

Beverly Johnson
Photographer - Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Source - thefashionspot.com

Cheryl Tiegs
Photographer - Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Source - stevenkasher.com

Christy Turlington
Photographer - Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Source - thedailybeast.com

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