Launched on 30 April 2014 — ongoing

SHOWstudio explores the often overlooked role played by models by putting their stories in the spotlight. The ongoing series features candid interviews about iconic fashion images with supermodels such as Kate Moss, Alek Wek, Liberty Ross, Lily Cole, Kristen McMenamy, Raquel Zimmermann and Tatjana Patitz.

Despite their iconic visages, recognised across the world from huge billboards and magazine covers, models remain a strangely silent part of the fashion industry. Certainly the role they play in creating some of the world's most iconic images is often overlooked. The credit and audience goes to the photographers and stylists, whose concepts and techniques are endlessly discussed, celebrated and publicised, with models often being relegated to mere beautiful objects - a gorgeous subject, ready and malleable before the lens, rather than a talented creative with independent skills and ideas. To readdress this, Nick Knight and SHOWstudio present the history of contemporary fashion photography as told from the subjects' perspectives.

Main Contributors



Photographing William S. Burroughs

14 March 2014
Artist Kate Simon tells the stories of her two decade-spanning portrait series of William S. Burroughs in a project marking the writer's centenerary.

Punk: Photography

30 September 2013
Nick Knight interviewed the photographers responsible for capturing the punk movement's most iconic images.

Compulsive Viewing: The Films Of Guy Bourdin

17 April 2003
Discover the moving image work of Guy Bourdin; eleven fashion films edited from never-before-seen archival footage and showcased exclusively by SHOWstudio.
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