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Photographer Denise Grünstein turns fashion on its head

(Denise Grünstein/Aperture Gallery)

(Denise Grünstein/Aperture Gallery)

Helsinki-born photographer Denise Grünstein is showing work at an exhibition coinciding with New York Fashion Week.

New York’s Aperture Gallery is exhibiting Different Distances: Fashion Photography Goes Art during Fashion Week, featuring images by five Swedish photographers whose work is found in both fashion publications and art institutions worldwide.

Born in Helsinki but based in Stockholm, Denise Grünstein moves between artistic projects and commissioned work: during the 1980s, she was known as one of Sweden’s top portrait photographers.

This photo, Headhunter, is part of her 2009 Figure Out series. As with other works by Grünstein, the model’s face is hidden: in this series, she creates staged images that reference Surrealist art.

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