CREDIT: Clown Self Portrait Emma Delves-Broughton FRPS

Fashion, Surrealist & Avant Garde Photography Talk

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Event image - Clown Self Portrait copyright Emma Delves-Broughton FRPS

Photographer Emma Delves-Broughton FRPS and Fashion Model and South Wales based Make-up Artist Nessi Karlsson talk about aspects of Fashion, Surrealism and Avant Garde from their different perspectives. 

Fashion photography has been in existence since the earliest days of photography. In 1856, Adolphe Braun published a book containing 288 photographs of Virginia Oldoini, Countess di Castiglione, a Tuscan noblewoman at the court of Napoleon III. The photos depict her in her official court garb, making her the first fashion model. In the first decade of the 20th century, advances in halftone printing allowed fashion photographs to be used in magazines. 

Surrealism - a definition 'a 20th-century avant-garde movement in art and literature which sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example by the irrational juxtaposition of images'. (OED)

'Strange shapes, floating body parts and bizarre landscapes: the Surrealists sought to challenge notions of normality through the power of photography' ' 'Surrealism began in the wake of the First World War, when the horror and violence experienced by so many had shifted perceptions of sanity and reality. The movement was immortalised by the French writer André Breton, who published the first Surrealist Manifesto in 1924. This rejected rational ways of seeing the world, looking instead to dreams and the imagination for inspiration. Breton believed that creativity had been weighed down by the drudgery of the day-to-day and sought to release the subconscious power of the dream-like state. Surrealism embraced the absurd, the unconventional, and the shocking' (Victoria and Albert Museum). 

Emma Delves-Broughton FRPS

Emma trained as a Graphic Designer and worked in Exhibition Graphics for some time before deciding to make Photography her career. She works within the world of portraiture, fetish, fashion and beauty. Her work has been published in a variety of magazines, and on numerous book covers. She has also contributed to a series of books and has also given talks on Photography around the country.

Image - Forest Witch copyright Emma Delves-Broughton FRPS

Emma has had two of her own books published, Kinky Couture 2003 and Kinky Nature 2010. Her web site can be seen here.

Image - Ishhara - copyright Emma Delves-Broughton FRPS

Emma works part time as part of the RPS Exhibitions and Education Team and gained her FRPS in 2019. Her successful print panel can be seen here

Image - Sabrina - copyright Emma Delves-Broughton FRPS

Nessi Karlsson

Nessi Karlsson is based in South Wales and is originally from Germany. She works as a fashion model, make up artist and creates her own artwork with a theme of avant-garde and surrealism.

Nessi's Facebook page and a selection of her modelling images can be seen here

Nessi's Make up page on Instagram page can be seen here

Nessi's artist page on Instagram can be seen here

Nessi has worked with several photographers as a model and make up artist on different shoots and a selection of her images can be seen below.

Image of Nessi copyright Iris Ferret Photography

Image of Nessi is copyright Andrew Hall 

Image of Nessi is copyright Mark Cort and Mick Payton

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Event Organiser

South Wales Region Organiser, Rhys Jones ARPS




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