Until an Irish Times piece this week I’d never heard of Limerick man Niall McInerney. Little did I know that one of the most famous fashion photos of all time was shot by him.
In a new book of his photography, McInerney (now 74) explains: “This is my bestselling photograph and was a very lucky shot because very few photographers got a picture of it. At the time, I was the house photographer for Westwood and this was in a small venue in Paris near the Palais-Royal.”
Naomi Campbell falling on the catwalk at Vivienne Westwood’s SS show 1993 in Paris is an iconic image of the supermodel back in the hey day of supermodels when they famously ‘wouldn’t get out of bed for less than ten grand’.
Described by Vogue as a “fun and feisty runway photographer”, Fashion’s Front Line, the new book from Bloomsbury with text by Nilgin Yusuf, assembles some of the highlights of McInerney’s career.
Leaving Limerick for London aged 17, McInerney befriended professional photographer Lewis Morley under the tutelage of whom he moved into fashion photography. Over the course of his career, McInerney shot for Westwood, Yves Saint Laurent, John Galliano, Mugler, Helmut Lang and many more.
By Olivia O’Sullivan
This article appeared in the Limerick Post 5th December 2015