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Exhibits: Photography & Fashion at UPenn


UPenn: Photography & Fashion Exhibit



Exhibition Dates: October 31 to November 7, 2017


Addams Hall: 36th & Walnut Sts. Philadelphia



Noa Baker

Elizabeth Beugg

Xiaonan Chen

Jinghong Cui

Linda Ruan

Corey Fader

Michael Heath

Joy Lewis

Rongrong Liu

Alexis Masino

Jessica Moh

Karishma Sheth

Amber Shi

Sharon Song

Jingyi Sun

Marcus Tappan

Ria Vaidya

Noel Zheng


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Alexis Masino: Fashion is Genderless


Photography and Text by Alexis Masino, Copyright 2017




I chose to focus this editorial on something vital to the fashion industry which is often not used as a focal point: makeup. Makeup has traditionally been associated with femininity and up until recently, branded exclusively for women. Even now, most makeup advertising is geared toward women. The specific styles I crafted on the models (Phil Tedros, Andrew Mulson, Grace Bridy, and Brandon Texeira) were yellow eyeshadow, peach colored brows, electric blue cat eye, and dichromatic eyeshadow. I chose these trends for two reasons. My first idea was that I wanted to capture lots of bright colors, toying with the idea of femininity. But these trends also all made an appearance as popular trends among high fashion, used in shows and documented by brands like Vogue, in this past season. I noticed these trends were more commonly than not observed on women and the photographs paired with articles were almost entirely of female figures. To combat this stereotype I casted my models with the goal of role reversal, showing makeup trends mainly on male figures and with an aura of androgyny in place of femininity. I instructed the models to wear all black as to allow for complete focus on the makeup. The shoot took place in a studio for the sake of maintaining complete control over lighting and flash, specifically to properly capture the models’ faces up close and accentuate the proper hues of the makeup. Shooting at the ISO of 400 was a choice made after several test shots to minimize the warmth of the lights, but not reach too high of a number where grain would begin to appear in the photographs. The post-production editing involved reinforcing all these ideas in my vision by enhancing the colors and drowning out distractions.



Portrait of Alexis Masino by Corey Fader, Copyright 2017

About The Author: Alexis Masino is a freshman enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2020.  To access additional articles by Alexis Masino, go here



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Joy Lewis: Chilly Weather Fashion


Photography and Text by Joy Lewis, Copyright 2017




As chilly weather is starting to make an appearance in Philadelphia I thought a spread on jackets couldn’t be any more relevant. I personally love jackets because they’re such an easy “throw on and go” statement piece. Jackets can vary in color, size, pattern and material making outfit combinations with jackets limitless. For this shoot I chose to use a single model wearing the same top, jeans and shoes and the same dark paper background for each photo because I really wanted to enhance the jackets and make it clear that they are the intended focus of this spread.

Personally, I am a big fan of originality and differentiating myself from others and that is what led me to my model choice. Of course I could have chosen subjects that fit the typical stereotype of a model, but instead I chose a subject with features that are not typically prevalent in the model industry. I had my model wear little to no makeup and wear her hair the way that she would on any average day. I also wanted the lighting in these photos to be somewhat portrait like and to give the picture an added softness. By choosing to use this light and this model my goal of the shoot was to accentuate the features of naturally beautiful.

I am a lover of the fashion industry, fashion magazines, and all things fashion, but I am also a lover of natural beauty and I think this is something that the fashion industry doesn’t typically choose to portray. Because of this I wanted to use this assignment as an opportunity to create a spread that appealed to my taste in fashion as well as my fondness of natural beauty.



Portrait of Joy Lewis by Alexis Masino, Copyright 2017


About The Author: Joy Lewis is a Junior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2019.

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Elizabeth Beugg: Party Fashion


Photography and Text by Elizabeth Beugg, Copyright 2017




Party fashion plays a major role in the lives of college students everywhere. For this editorial, I chose to feature going-out wear, focusing on dark or metallic clothing, in a grungy, post-party setting. The juxtaposition between the glittering outfits and frat house basement helped to create dynamic photos with an almost “morning after” feel.

Since this was my first self-sufficient photo shoot, I asked my friends to model for the photos, as I knew I would be most comfortable directing them. I also think that for the purpose of the shoot, using real college students is very effective. I selected the basement of a frat house for the location as I thought this would create a more dynamic photo than shooting against a backdrop. I specifically planned the shoot on a Saturday morning, after there had been a party, to create maximum grunge and grime. I used a (very heavy) lighting kit and a low ISO for the majority of the shots. I used a high ISO and available light for a few colored/ambient lighting shots though I did not end up selecting them for the final editorial.

For the model’s attire, I asked my friends to bring any dark, textured, and metallic party wear they had and styled looks from our collective findings. I applied glitter to all the models faces to complement the metallic pieces of clothing. The glitter was intentionally applied haphazardly to stick with the grunge-y vibe. 

Overall, this editorial was intended to showcase a variety of looks in a setting that appeared as if the lights had been turned on and everyone had gone home. I continually tried to prioritize dynamics over perfection in hopes of creating a collection of photos that feel unusual and unexpected, yet also familiar.


About The Author: Elizabeth Beugg is a Sophomore enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2020.

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Justina McMinn: Self



Photography, Text and Video Interview by Justina McMinn, Copyright 2017




Self-love is dynamic. It is a concept talked about a lot today in our generation. Self-love is simply not just a state of feeling good. Self-love is a state of appreciation for one self that grows from the times you did not love or appreciate yourself. Self-love comes from the times you laid in bed and tormented yourself with thoughts like, “I’m not good enough” and “I don’t deserve it”. These moments of despair expand the self-love within us and we develop compassion for ourselves as human beings and accept our weaknesses as well as our strengths. It is not suppressing your weaknesses and only acknowledging your strengths. Rather, inviting both in with open and loving arms. Self-love isn’t something we can find in material things or other people. It is an internal project you can only engage in on your own.

Through these series of portraits, I aim to capture the real development of self-love and how up and down that process can look and feel. I wanted to capture the model in a nude state to demonstrate the vulnerability in finding comfort and contentment. She is reflecting and analyzing her experiences and feelings, good and bad. The process of unconditional self-love isn’t always glitter and gold, it takes forgiveness and trail and error. This series shows the despair, fulfillment, and happiness in the journey to loving yourself.

Inspired by The Guest House by Rumi:

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,

and invite them in.




Portrait of Justina McMinn by Victoria Meng, Copyright 2017


About The Author: Justina McMinn is a Freshman enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2021.

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