Book Corner #15: Corinne Day Diary

The book corner section highlights the most original aspects of Californian and underground culture all summer long, through works selected from our KENZO boutiques and reviewed by Angelo Cirimele. This week, he picked up ‘Corinne Day – Diary’. The diary is an art book consisting of 100 photographs taken over a 10-year period; a raw, unflinching look at the lives of British photographer Day and her friends. 

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I love fashion because it’s always on the move.  Even when it’s looking back at its own past, it’s still constantly moving forward and innovating.  Fashion photography on the other hand has always been more cyclical.  Seeing for example the work of Juergen Teller, which is instantly recognizable, evokes memories of Corinne Day’s photography in the 1990s.  They share the same documentary outlook, the same passion for counterculture, and the same desire to exhibit alternatives in the purest sense of the word.  Corinne Day was frequently compared to the legendary Nan Goldin and her sudden death of a brain tumor in 2010 cut her down in her prime.  This “diary” bearing handwritten notes remains like a photographer’s manifesto - a memory of her chaotic daily life.  A chaotic life which saw her shooting spread after spread for international fashion magazines and high art exhibitions alike in London.  This unique insight makes it a true collector’s item.  

Corinne Day - Diary, 2000, 116 p. Ed. Kruse Verlag.
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