Corinne Day
[Photographer, b. 1962, Ealing, West London, d. 2010, Denham, England.]

 [My brain tumor] was like a bungee jump into hell, like falling and falling forever. It was terrifying, I gave Mark my camera, and told him, “Photograph everything.” 
 The ‘grunge look’, as my style was called, simply showed girls as they really are, without make-up, styled hair, flattering light. 
 I must be [an artist]. My pictures are in an art gallery. 
 I always thought [my models] looked best when they were sitting in their pajamas smoking pot and getting pissed on a bottle of wine. So that’s what I documented. I liked the girls looking how they were naturally… 
 Photography is getting as close as you can to real life, showing us things we don’t normally see. These are people’s most intimate moments, and sometimes intimacy is sad. 
 When a relationship forms between the subject and the photographer, a natural interaction takes place making the images more intimate. 
 The best thing I did for fashion was bringing it down to earth, bringing a documentary quality to it. 
 I try to capture something from my subjects that’s real. It’s the eyes that tell that. 
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