Off The Wall

Griffin/DSI Gallery  •  Boston, MA  •  September 2009


This broad-reaching exhibition brought together fashion, the silver gelatin print, the Griffin Museum of Photography and Boston Fashion Week. The call for entries yielded work by veteran and emerging photographers, many of whom I had worked with as a stylist. Color images rendered in B&W became sculptural and graphic. I commissioned a portrait of Marilyn Riseman an icon of the Boston fashion elite by William Huber. He captured her dressed as she would to walk her dogs - in head-to-toe Chanel.

Off the Wall: Fashion Photography in Black & White

September 14th - November 1st, 2009

Inspired by portrait photographer Richard Avedon’s practice of shooting and editing for the wall versus the page, Off the Wall features 11 New England-based photographers capturing fashion in classic black and white.

The photographers included in the show are Tracy Aiguier, Sadie Dayton, Conor Doherty, Cig Harvey, William Huber, Michael Khachadoorian, Kim Kennedy, Liz Linder, Jorg Meyer, Bob Packert and Francine Zaslow.

What constitutes a fashion image constantly evolves. Frivolous, glamorous, sumptuous, witty, painterly, and stark fashion – and images of it – evoke emotion. Photography and fashion love moved to the center stage during the past 50 years, as advertising simultaneously chronicles and shapes our visual culture.

Off the Wall is the title of a Book, and a record-breaking album. It is slang for unconventional, bizarre, manic, absurd, inappropriate, unpredictable, and eccentric,” says Smith. “It aptly reflects stylist range of these large format true silver gelatin prints produced by Digital Silver Imaging.”