Photographer Rose Hartman has been chronicling iconic moments in fashion, style, and culture for more than 30 years, within exclusive New York City nightlife venues, fashion shows, parties, clubs, and openings. From Studio 54 to the Mudd Club to Chelsea art galleries today, Hartmanís career has yielded a treasure trove of material that portrays incomparable women of high fashion, street style, and New York City society through the eye of a social documentarian.
Incomparable Women of Style: Selections from the Rose Hartman Photography Archives, 1977-2011 exhibits more than 60 photographs, including rare vintage silver prints developed by Hartman in her home studio, as well as some of her most well-known work, reproduced on a large scale.
With a special focus on the span of Hartmanís career, the show traces Hartmanís unique position as a working photographer who successfully weathered the transition from analog to digital. While carting around a camera, rolls of film, and a hand-held flash in 1977, Hartman still managed to capture candid shots at Studio 54 and behind-the-scenes photographs of fashion shows before press was widely invited to cover the pre-show preparations. From slides to jpegs, Hartmanís body of work serves as a time capsule of the photographic process that FITís Special Collections is fortunate to be able to share with student researchers and fashion scholars.
This exhibition is curated by Anna Yanofsky, a Master of Arts candidate in FITís Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice program, in conjunction with Rose Hartman, and under the guidance of Karen Trivette Cannell, MLS, assistant professor and head of Special Collections and FIT Archives.
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