December 7 2013 Latest news:
by Tim Lamden
Monday, September 9, 2013
The photographer behind a new and exclusive all-female exhibition in Hampstead says she knew Kate Moss was destined for greatness from the moment she took a photo of the model at her first-ever senior shoot.
Warrior Women, a collection of work from Highgate photographer Kate Garner, opened at Zebra One Gallery, in Perrin’s Court, Hampstead, on Saturday.
The exhibition, which runs until October 8, includes original photographs of numerous world-famous female icons, including Sinead O’Connor, Angelina Jolie, Yoko Ono and a 16-year-old Kate Moss.
Speaking at the exhibition’s private view on Thursday, attended by a number of famous faces, Ms Garner, 59, said: “The picture of Kate Moss that is up on these walls is an outtake from her first grown-up session. It was when she was getting dressed and the shoes are too big for her.
“We shot her for a magazine as the next big thing and then they decided she wasn’t going to make it. But we knew she was. One of the reasons she is so successful is because she was so strong-minded.
“There is a reason why these women make it. They can seem like they are fluffy because they’re celebrated for being good-looking but in actual fact they’re strong, iron-clad women. They have to be.”
Ms Garner, who lives in Highgate with her musician husband Emit Bloch and their daughter Grace, said Angelina Jolie was “still a naughty girl” when she shot her in the photograph now on display at Zebra One Gallery.
She added: “In that picture of her, she has bound her own feet. She would just do things like that – she was always trying to get a little anarchy, I liked her very much.”
The exhibition also includes photographs of members of Russian feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot and American feminist group Guerrilla Girls taken at Yoko Ono’s Meltdown festival at the Southbank Centre in June.
Describing the inspiration behind her new exhibition, Ms Garner said it was about raising awareness of the “mistreatment” of women around the world, adding: “I guess it was the Yoko festival which catapulted it and made me want to say something.
“So this exhibition is a way of expressing that [female strife] without being too strident, to do it in a pop way. And to celebrate people like Pussy Riot who were jailed.”
For more information about Warrior Women, visit www.zebraonegallery.com