Timothy Greenfield-Sanders Chooses Not to Photoshop Supermodels

by Miserere


Carol Alt ©Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

The subject of overly retouched models in fashion and lifestyle magazines has been a hot topic in recent months. For his latest exhibition, photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders decided to make straight-up portraits of supermodels from the 70′s and 80′s, without any help from the retouch brush in Photoshop. That doesn’t mean the models didn’t use make-up in trying to look their best, but I don’t believe anybody is complaining about that. Yet.

Straight-up portraiture is nothing new, but I do find it sad that it needs to be hyped as something special when promoting an exhibition, or that it needs to be mentioned at all. Timothy photographed 10 models: Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Beverly Johnson, Carol Alt, Dayle Haddon, Esme, Karen Bjornson, Kim Alexis, Lisa Taylor and Nancy Donahue. In my opinion, they all look beautiful; but don’t take my word for it, see for yourself.

You can read what Timothy himself has to say about these photos here.

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders is an award-winning photographer, film maker and writer, whose photographs are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum, The Whitney Museum and The National Portrait Gallery among others. He also won a Grammy in 1998 for his documentary Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart.

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  1. French Elle magazine last year published some model pics without makeup or retouch and i think that is gorgeous.


  2. Natural beauty. Now that is what I am talking about. Make up, lip stick, no problem. I have seen many celebrities at various premiers and even made up, they do not look nothing like what you see in photographs…many actually look ugly and not because they are, because they are not. The problem is that they made them selves out to be someone who they are not…People are not perfect like that….Not to mention it is not good for our youngsters to try to live up to impossible expectations….

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