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“Only photograph what you love.” -Tim Walker,
British fashion photographer Tim Walker, is the modern Peter Pen with a camera. He discovered his love of photography and fashion, working on the archives of English photographer and painter, Cecil Beaton. In mid 90’s, he moved to NYC, where he became a full-time assistant to one and only ,Richard Avedon. His theatrical fantasies grace covers of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Elle, W and other major fashion publication.
In his book TIM WALKER: PICTURES, you can see how ideas make onto a paper in a form of a storyboarding, and the final whimsical photographs he produces. Check out his Alice in Wonderland series, and his other work, they’ll sure will dazzle you with visually exciting composition, colors, humor and fantasy.
Melvin Sokolsky is an American Fashion and Advertising Photographer, as well as a cinematographer with few dozen awards to his name.
In 1960’s Harper’s Bazaar hired Sokolsky as a staff photographer, and in close collaboration with the famous stylist, and magazine editori Deana Veerland, create a mesmerizing series of image with Parisian skyline, called the BUBBLE SERIES and later produced numerous “levitation” and “flying” images connecting photography, fashion and fantasy.
One of the things I have adopted last year is to jot down the ideas I get while dreaming, to my surprise Sokolsky did exactly the same thing:
"Next to my bed I keep a notebook that I write in sometimes while I’m half-awake, early in the morning, when a dream has insinuated a place or world I have never visited or seen. With my eyes closed, I scribble into the notebook and then go back to sleep.”
“It is not where it is or what it is that matters, but how you see it.” - Saul Leiter
Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar’s commisioned Saul Leiter to establish some classic cover looks of warm images, voyeuristic abstract snapshots, and his signature - shot-through-the-window photos.
Leiter started shooting in 1940’s, about the time when New York’s street photography was taking off. He was about to become a Rabbi, but his love of photography took him in a different direction.
Later in life he turned into painting, often drawing similarities between his photographs and paintings.
In Russian we say: ” A Talented person, is talented in everything”.
Famous singer Bryan Adams, whos ’90s hits such as I DO IT FOR YOU, HAVE YOU EVER REALLY LOVED A WOMAN, PLEASE FORGIVE ME and many other songs, is not just good with guitar and a microphone, but also with a camera and lights.
Bryan Adams has been shooting celebrities and fashion magazine editorials and ads for quite sometime now….his work appeared on the pages of British Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, i-D, Interview, L’Officiel and many other publications.
Plenty of photographers found Angelina infront of their lens…but only Brad Pitt can put a unique view of one of the most beautiful woman of our time. Brad picked up a 35-mm film camera and produced a series of intimate photographs for W Magazine.
The grainy, high contract photographs that let us in on a voyeuristic sneak peak, really tell us a story of a man in love.
This weekend I’m shooting a fashion editorial with 4 subjects, one of my inspirations is a very famous American photographer, Steven Meisel. When you need an elaborate set, dynamic image, and a whole bunch of people doing some crazy stuff, he is the go to guy. When he was 12, he camped out infront of Melvin Sokolsky’s ( famous vogue images of models in bubbles) studio so he can meet Twiggy. Reportedly when he was still in school, he had he’s girlfriend call up different modeling agencies and pretend to be Richard Avedon’s secretary, so he can get polaroids/compcards and contact the models. Later in his career he shot Madonna’s provocative book SEX. He is the only photographer of this caliber that has no dedicated photobook of his work, very private, and rarely in a spotlight.
"The impulse that led you to make an image is a thing that you cannot share with anyone, even if you explain it. What remains is a surface that will live its own life, that will belong to everybody. I accept that surface.” - J. Seiff
One of my favorite classic fashion photographers is Jeanloup Seiff. A Polish born, French photographer who only photographed in black and white, and mostly took portraits of celebrities and nudes of female dancers. He’s images present a classic distinctive mood with a wide tonal range and, wide angles to bring the subject closer to the viewer.
My favorite photograph of his, is the deep cut dress of a woman looking to the side. The curves and angles of the photograph transcend this womans beauty into a mesmerizing image.
Although a large body of his work is his admiration of a female body, In 1971 Seiff produced 16 nude pictures of fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent, for his first and newly launched cologne - POUR HOMME. An unorthodox move to promote the new cologne, did not cause much stir in the industry at a time, but reached a classic image status later on
In 2011 Docle Gabbana’s eyeware campaign duplicated the iconic YSL image with much success.
“Beauty is too often overshadowed by clothes,” the photographer Baron Adolph de Meyer once wrote. “It is always better to hear people say: ‘What a lovely woman!’ rather than ‘What a gorgeous gown!’ ”
Adolf Gayne de Meyer-Watson, AKA Baron Adolf de Meyer, was the first official fashion photographer of all times in the early 20th century.
In his earlier carrier, he was published in the catalogs and curated by the famous Alfred Stieglitz. Stieglitz dedicated an entire issue of deMeyer’s images in CAMERA WORK.
He moved from London to New York, where he was hired by CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS for $100/week, a company who owns VOGUE, VANITY FAIR, W, The New Yorker etc. He worked with Vogue from 1913-1921, and Vanity Fair. Later he became the Chief Photographer for Harper’s Bazaar in Paris ( for triple the weekly salary), where he spent the next 16 years.
At some point in his career he also started designing clothing.
In 1980, a trunk full of de Meyer’s negatives is found, and auctioned by Sotheby’s.
“Give me two hours a day of activity, and I’ll take the other twenty-two in dreams.” - Salvador Dali ( 30 days left ‘till I’m there )
This is a 1954 behind-the-scenes with Salvador Dali diving into an aquarium for the Latvian born, American photographer - Philippe Halsman. As far as I know this particular shot angle does not exist, probably was Xed out by Halsman. However there is one image that I was able to find, just from a different angle. Enjoy!