Saturday, November 17, 2012

Fashion Photography: Mommy Dearest

As you all know I find much photographic inspiration in the sick and twisted themes found in B-movies or vintage tabloids. For some examples of this you can go back and view inspiration pulled from Grey Gardens and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?.

Here we see how a tell-all book penned by the disgruntled adopted child of a classic screen star, filtered through the campy film lens of the seventies, produced a cult classic so iconic I sometimes get mixed up and think photos of Fay Dunaway as Joan Crawford in the film "Mommy Dearest" are actually Crawford. 

Shortly after its release, even the studio realized the over-the top drama was so ridiculous it was playing like a comedy. They quickly changed its ad campaign to "Meet the biggest MOTHER of them all!". Of Dunaway's performance, Variety said "Dunaway does not chew scenery. Dunaway starts neatly at each corner of the set in every scene and swallows it whole, costars and all."

In her autobiography Dunaway states that she wished director Frank Perry* had had enough experience to see when actors needed to rein in their performances. In a bizarre coincidence Crawford once said of Dunaway that she had "what it takes" to be a star.

(*Useless trivia: Frank Perry was Katy Perry's uncle.) Also: "No wire hangers, ever!" ranked #72 on AFI's list of 100 Movie Quotes.

Anyway, here are some twisted photographers also inspired as I am...  


The Photography of Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello:



The Photography of Malina Corpadean:

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