Photographer Corinne Day's raw images, including the candids of Kate Moss sprawled across their rented Notting Hill flat in mismatched underwear, define the 1990s. Her iconic The Face shoot with a 15-year-old freckly Moss in a feather headdress ushered in a new rebellious style which came to be known as 'grunge,' as well as launching Kate's career.
A new retrospective, named after one of her favourite songs ‘May the Circle Remain Unbroken,’ which honours the late photographer opened this week at Gimpel Fils gallery. The exhibition and accompanying book focuses on her early work, with previously unseen photographs taken between 1987 and 1996.
The exhibition was carefully edited by her husband, film-maker Mark Szaszy along with Jackie Haliday from Gimpel Fils gallery, publisher Aron Morel, Corinne’s best friend Tara St Hill and her former agent Susie Babchick. The collection focuses on spontaneous snap shots of Corinne's friends, taken in their Soho flat, with the aim of showing 'the friendships that formed over 20 years ago and continue to endure three years after her passing.' A series of music videos created by Szaszy will also be shown alongside Corinne's photographs.
Corinne Day, who died in August 2010 after suffering with cancer for a decade, is known for her documentary-style photography. As Day said 'photography is getting as close as you can to real life, showing us things we don't normally see. These are people's most intimate moments, and sometimes intimacy is sad'. The photographer is credited with launching Kate Moss' glittering career, as she endlessly shot candid pictures of Kate when they lived together in Day's Soho flat.
See some of the images on display in the exhibition in the gallery below...