boy did i spend a lot of time looking through the portfolio of Paulina Surys, a london based polish artist and photographer who makes use of hand-developing and hand-colouring techniques in the darkroom. the results are simply breathtaking. she is represented by mystery management and you can also check out her flickr stream.
Modern fashion photography was born when three brothers, Parisian postcard photographers, shifted their lenses to the upper echelon of French society in the early twentieth century. As impromptu portraits of beautiful women in inimitable finery at racecourses, resorts, and cafes began to appear in magazines, courant designers such as Chanel, Hermes, and Madeleine Vionnet rushed to send their models to posh watering holes to be photographed with the beau monde.