Friday, June 26, 2009

Fetish in Living Color

Paul Outerbridge, best known for his controversial fetish photography, has an exhibit at the Getty in Los Angeles. Although I adore his more scandalous photos, I LOVE the use of color in most of his other works as well. In fact, I like them better. He was a pioneer of the "tri-carbro color printing process," which lends to the juicy, eye-popping saturation of color in his later photos. Outerbridge was a good friend of Man Ray, who championed his work, despite the fact that he was dismissed by critics on account of his use of color.

Unsurprisingly, Outerbridge worked in commercial photography shooting for the likes of Vanity Fair, French Vogue, and Harper's Bazaar magazines up until the '40s. Most of his outside work was too hot for public viewing and has only been revealed in galleries and such over the last 20 years. He died in 1958 on the sunny shores of the OC.

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