Phyllis Posnick and Olivia Bee Talk To SVA's Stephen Frailey at Milk Gallery

Photo of Olivia Bee by  @barrysutton

Photo of Olivia Bee by @barrysutton

January 28, 2017 — Vogue Executive Fashion Editor, Phyllis Posnick and photographer Olivia

Bee spoke about their work Saturday January 28 at Milk Gallery in New York City, a discussion

moderated by Stephen Frailey, co-chair of School of Visual Arts MPS Graduate Fashion



Approximately 150 people attended the sold-out event, closing the Class of 2016 MPS

Graduate Fashion Photography Exhibition, a selection of 112 fashion photographs and video

from last year’s graduating class.


Phyllis Posnick showed images from her recently released book, Stoppers, published by

Abrams in 2016, and shared both instructive and often amusing stories about her experiences

working with many of the most notable fashion photographers of the past 30 years including

Helmut Newton, Steven Klein, Tim Walker, and Irving Penn to whom the book is dedicated. On

a rather humorous note, she recalled, "We were doing a story on fried chicken and I called up

Helmut Newton because I knew he loved to photograph chickens. I asked him if he had any

ideas. He paused for two seconds and said, I've always wanted to do a picture of a chicken in

high heels." Posnick flew to Monte Carlo with two pairs of shoes from the Doll Museum in

Paris and proceeded to try the shoes on every chicken at the local butcher. "We took the two

with the best legs.”


Olivia Bee, clicked through over 100 images from various points in her young career, colored

with personal anecdotes, spanning her early images of family and friends to recent work for i-D

Magazine, Gucci and Valentino. Among the more personal images were photographs from her

book, Kids in Love, published by Aperture in 2016. Bee talk a lot about intimacy and her

closeness to her subjects. "My pictures come with a lot of trust. I'm lucky to have those

relationships in my life and be able to photograph them. Half of these pictures are taken within

a two block radius.”


After the talk, both Posnick and Bee signed copies of their books, which were available for sale

at the event by Aperture.


MPS Fashion Photography is now accepting applications for Fall 2017. Applicants can learn more at