Born 1944 in Utuado, Puerto Rico, Antonio Lopez was the foremost fashion illustrator of the 1970s and 80s, he was and remains one of the most highly regarded and influential figures in the fashion world.
While not initially known as a photographer, Lopez was rarely without his favorite Instamatic camera, and as his career progressed he turned increasingly to photography to create fashion stories, portraits, and elaborate mise-en-scènes featuring celebrities and his daily encounters.
Celebrities taken by Antonio Lopez
Antonio Lopez, open until April 28th, features his Instamatic photographs from the Seventies: a fresh-faced Jerry Hall; Karl Lagerfeld sans now-signature alabaster hair and opaque sunglasses; a young Pat Cleveland in a sudsy bath; Grace Coddington, more than a decade before joining Anna Wintour at Vogue, and so on.
The Puerto Rican native, who died in 1987 at the age of 44, didn’t just capture these personalities at the dawn of their careers, he impacted their lives in very real ways. To wit: He was the one who introduced Tina Chow to her husband, Michael Chow, and gave Jessica Lange her modeling start after discovering the would-be Academy Award winner working in Paris as a mime.
Take a look at these polaroids to see part of his work in the 1970s and 1980s.