Ask photographer Roxanne Lowit what she most wants to capture of her subjects, and she won’t hesitate before answering: “Their souls.”
A fashion photographer with an expansive, four-decade career shooting portraits, editorials, fashion shows, and parties, Lowit is arguably the industry’s most prolific documentarian. The glamour and hustle of the industry is captured so intimately and strikingly in her photographs that her images are repeatedly used to illustrate common narratives in fashion. If the statement is “Kate Moss is a rock star,” cue Lowit-lensed pictures of the super eating ice cream topless backstage at Vivienne Westwood, or of her touching tongues with John Galliano. If someone’s proclaiming, “The ’90s was the age of the supermodel,” cue pictures of Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, and Naomi Campbell in a bathtub together, champagne in hand, or mimicking “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” with their hands. Want something that illustrates the assertion that the ’70s were a decadent disco dream? Look no further than Lowit’s snaps of Pat Cleveland twirling and jumping on the runway, Yves Saint Laurent with his army of models, or an image from inside Studio 54.