Comments/Context: Jeff Mermelstein's images of Fashion Week in Milan, Paris, and New York from 2010 are witty examples of outsider anthropology. On assignment for New York magazine, he dropped into this eccentric subculture and captured off-the-catwalk moments of backstage oddity and harried showmanship. It's a sharp look at the stylized world of fashion, delivered with dry, quirky humor.
These images take Mermelstein away from his usual street photography and toward the aesthetic of Martin Parr, which I think works quite effectively given the subject matter. While not every photograph on view here is entirely memorable, there are enough strikingly unconventional and idiosyncratic snippets of the underside of fashion to keep the show plenty lively.
Rating: * (one star) GOOD (rating system described here)
Jeff Mermelstein, Work Oeuvre Opera
New York, NY 10001