Gunnar Larsen Unisex Clothing--Look-alike Jumpsuits by Ruben Torres
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1969 Print Date 1969
Dimensions 13-3/4 x 11-7/16 in. (349 x 291 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country Denmark
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Newspaper stamp and publication stamps on verso. Published in the Daily Mirror, January 24, 1969. Newspaper caption affixed to verso. Photographer's name in unknown hand on verso.
Born in Copenhagen, Danish photographer Gunnar Larsen (1931-1990) was active, from 1959 through the 1980s with a studio in Paris. He died after a pancreas operation. He appears in the George Eastman House database. Larsen was first a photojournalist and then a fashion photographer. By the late 1960s he had developed an avant-garde style in photography, relying on black-and-white film when most of his contemporaries had switched to color. The British model Twiggy was one of his favorite subjects. Larsen's pictures staged girls in science-fiction outfits with pale faces and dark-eye makeup. He also held his own fashion shows in which models wore bullet-riddled jackets. Larsen strived to develop new ideas and creative concepts on how to present fashion as art. In 1988, Larsen launched an oversize, thrice-yearly magazine, "Gunnar's International", as a vehicle for his photographs. He published an autobiography titled ''Life of Dreams'' the same year and was preparing another book on the history of Paris fashion when he died.
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