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  • Azzedine Alaïa and Naomi Campbell, 1987 © Arthur Elgort, courtesy of Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milano

  • Christy Turlington, 1990 © Arthur Elgort, courtesy of Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milano

  • Christy Turlington, 1987 © Arthur Elgort, courtesy of Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milano

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Arthur Elgort’s “The Big Picture” exhibition at Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan

Galleria Carla Sozzani in Milan dedicates a comprehensive retrospective to the work of one of the most admired fashion photographers of all time: Arthur Elgort. The exhibition spans over the 50 years of his prolific career, featuring a large selection of his photos for magazines like American, British, Italian and French Vogue, Glamour, GQ, Teen Vogue, Life, Interview and Rolling Stone. Elgort was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, in the 40’s and before dedicating himself to photography, he studied painting at Hunter College. Since his major 1971 debut in British Vogue that caused a great stir with its unexpected use of light and freshness, Elgort hasn’t stop working with the world’s most beautiful models, among them Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Paulina Porizkova, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, often portraying them in a casual and natural way, with less or no make-up, and in daring outdoor locations like street cafes, parks, train stations, pools and beaches –something that eventually became his signature style.

Elgort was heavily influenced by photojournalism and documentary photography, as well as by his deep love for jazz and ballet, devoting much of his career to capturing spontaneous images that reflected the zeitgeist of his time. Considered to be the master of the snapshot aesthetic, Elgort revolutionized the fashion industry and his influence is still present in many contemporary photographers. “Some of my best pictures were taken when I wasn’t “working” ¬– models getting ready, people on the street, the little moments in between shots. That’s when you can really capture people as they truly are and see what’s underneath. It’s those real moments that just can’t be faked,” he famously said about his work. Arthur Elgort’s “The Big Picture” exhibition will remain on view at Galleria Carla Sozzani, Corso Como 10, 20154, Milan, until April 6, 2015.