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PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 April, 2012, 12:00am

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Fashion photography is often an unappreciated genre of the artform. Compared to say, fine art or even news photography, fashion shoots are seen as throwaway items; seasonal indulgences that aren't even relevant a few months down the line, let alone fit for gallery retrospectives. But things are thankfully changing - the work of Lillian Bassman, the late photographer who became disillusioned with the world of fashion in the '70s and went on to great success with her own projects, is being reevaluated. An exhibition titled Lillian Bassman: A Life, 1917-2012 is being held at the Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica, California; it features dozens of her black-and-white fashion photographs, with particular attention paid to her stunning images of women confidently wearing lingerie. Prints are available for between US$4,500 to US$40,000. Through June 9. peterfetterman.com.