Born in 1962, it’s impossible to not have stumbled across the work of Corinne Day. Primarily known for capturing a young Kate Moss, Corinne Day was a British fashion and documentary photographer beyond her time. Her photographs are raw yet refined and natural, a refreshing sight in comparison to the airbrushed facades we are often bombarded with today.
“a British fashion and documentary photographer beyond her time”
Corinne Day captured the nineties’ obsession with the essence of youth and understated beauty. However, the debate surrounding the infamous Heroin Chic look (which she was relentlessly accused of glamorising) drove her away from the fashion industry. Nevertheless, she returned in the 2000s. Sadly, in 2009, Corinne Day was diagnosed with a brain tumour and on the 27th of August 2010, she passed away.
As well as Kate Moss’ first cover for The Face, my favourite of Corinne Day’s work is a photoshoot she did featuring Kate Moss and Lorraine Pascale. There is nothing I love more than effortless photography. Although many attempt it, Corinne Day managed to capture the character of her subjects as well as the influence of the decade, fashionably and documentarily.
Rest in peace.