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Art & Design: Heaven Is Real, a tribute to Corinne Day

Next month Gimpel Fils and Whitechapel Gallery will celebrate the life of fashion and documentary photographer Corinne Day in an exhibition and accompanying book, Heaven Is Real.

This weekend marks a year since the iconic and self-taught photographer passed away . An undeniable catalyst to the fashion career of a young Kate Moss, Day was a spearheading force behind the very candid, observational style of photography of the early 90s – a revolutionary shift away from the “glossy and stale” industry aesthetic of the late 80s.

Coined ‘heroin-chic’, her early pictures and photographic style famously documented friends in very raw environments, often causing sensation for capturing drug use and intimate moments.  Her most iconic portraits of Kate Moss in an Indian headdress were featured in an 8-page spread entitled The 3rd Summer of Love, in the now defunct The Face magazine in July 1990.

The exhibition book’s title, Heaven Is Real, also derives from a 1991 editorial spread of said magazine, and both the book and exhibition will be filled with unpublished photographs covering a period of 10 years (late 80s to the early 90s), before she briefly abandoned the industry.

Alongside Heaven Is Real, Whitechapel Gallery will also be showing Corinne Day: Diary on September 25th – a film by her director/boyfriend Mark Szaszy, documenting Corinne’s career, industry departure and battle with illness.

The exhibition will be held at Gimpel Fils gallery in central London from September 1st until October 1st this autumn. – Samantha Fox

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