In Paris, the British photographer presents new work alongside his most famous Buffalo-era images


Contemporary fashion photography owes much of itself to the Buffalo movement. The disruptive collective — co-founded in the 1980s by photographer Jamie Morgan and stylist Ray Petri — declared rebellion against the precious, powderpuff fashion synonymous with the decade. The group produced strong, provocative imagery, fronted by multicultural faces such as Neneh Cherry — long before diversity was a marketing buzzword. Today, Morgan is still provoking. His new works unpick standard narratives of gender, race, age and socioeconomics. Timeless — and timely — themes with all the energy and tension you’d expect from a Buffalo icon.

This week Morgan presents the solo show Killer Portraits with Le Salon at La Paix gallery in Paris during mens week. The exhibition’s selection reflects Morgan’s signature penchant for contrast. Recent collaborations with Barry Kamen, Ibrahim Kamara and Grace Wales Bonner are set against his most recognisable archive portraitures. Together they exemplify his talent for capturing the energy and individualism of his subjects while blurring boundaries between the catwalk and the curb.

Jamie Morgan Killer Portraits is on view until 17 January, between 6pm-9pm at Le Salon/La Paix, 10 rue de la Paix, 75002, Paris

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Published on 16/01/2019