Image Memory and Photography

We are told that photography is a universal collective, each new iconic image informs us all, changes the way we see the world, and our own photography. I have had too many occurrences of that to doubt it. Here is one particularly uncanny example. The movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s is certainly burned into our collective culture, but I was not consciously aware of the black and white still images that had been shot to promote the movie. Yet, after a session with an Italian model, I found something nagging in the back of my mind. What was it that was familiar about these images? An on-line search turned up the Tiffany’s promotion stills, and answered that question. Here are the movie promo stills:

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And here are sample shots from the session, nearly half a century later.



C. David Tobie