Photographer Michael Thompson Caught Red-handed

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Michael Thompson's Orange Digit, New York City (1993). Photo: Courtesy of Hasted Hunt

Michael Thompson, a protégé of the master of clean close-ups, Irving Penn, is showing giant photographs of beautiful objects like butterflies, rose-lipped women, and a curvy torso drenched in watery blue. Like any great fashionisto, Thompson can make any bland object pop and sanitize any debaucherous scene. Here, he's captured what happens when a model gets her hands dirty at Fashion Week (as well as the latest in cocaine flavors. Mmm, orange). The show, Thompson’s first gallery show after years of covering the fashion industry, is at Hasted Hunt through October 25.