Romney Müller-Westernhagen

Born and raised in New York City, Romney studied Fashion Illustration and Graphic Design at Parsons The New School for Design. After graduating, she moved to Europe where she illustrated catalogues for fashion companies and was able to establish herself as an illustrator before pursuing an international modelling career, working for labels such as Chanel, Azzedine Alaia, Yojhi Yamamoto, Versace and Jil Sander. From 2001, inspired and encouraged by her husband, she experimented in the genre of reportage and street photography. Self-taught Romney developed an increasing interest in the medium as an art form. From the beginning, she was instinctively aware of the aspect of staging in photography. As a fashion illustrator and model, the artist supported and shaped surfaces and performances. However, as the wife of a public figure like Marius Müller-Westernhagen she experiences every day how a core becomes visible when the stage persona recedes. This personal background flows into her photographs in which personalities who deal with staging on a daily basis show another side of themselves while seemingly nondescript people get the opportunity to put themselves on display. Her work was first published in the lyric book »Mein Herz, dein Blut. Neue Texte« (2003, Steidl) by Marius Müller-Westernhagen, to whom Romney has been married since 1988. She went on to contribute photographs for several of his CD and DVD booklets as well as the cover of the album »Hottentottenmusik« (2011). The same year, her photo book »Auf der Straße mit Westernhagen. Das Leben auf Tour – ein Blick hinter die Kulissen« was released. Other portraits shown in the exhibition have been published in magazines such as »GQ« or »Deutsch Magazine«.

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Exhibitions at CAMERA WORK

»Beyond Faces« (2012)


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