Sunday, January 15, 2012

Elle Italia: Evolution of the Species

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Magazine: Elle Italia, November 2008
Editorial: Evoluzione della specie
Model: Kemp Muhl
Photographer: Ruven Afanador

WHEN I CAME ACROSS THESE FASHION SPREADS FROM ELLE ITALIA, I was immediately drawn more to the props and setting than the fashions. The stylist did a wonderful job of creating a cross between a late 19th century medical office and that of a an alchemist’s shop. In terms of photography, I am seeing a close relationship to these spreads and that of the photographer Joel-Peter Witkin, though not nearly as graphic and dark.

Ruven Afanador is considered one of the leading photographers working in celebrity and fashion photography.

His work appears in most major fashion magazines in the world as well as in The New Yorker. His commercial clients include Arista, Cacharel, Christian Dior, Elektra et al. In the fall of 2001, a decade after his work first began attracting widespread attention, he published his first book, Torero. Within a year Torero sold out and became a collector’s item within the fashion world. Sombra, a collection of male nudes inspired by still life tableaus, was published by Merrell in 2004.

An AM repost from 3/22/09.


Maureen said...

As I looked at the photos before reading your comment, I thought of Witkin's work too. They also remind me of a great photo of Keith Haring naked except for black and white body paint, that I believe was taken by Annie Liebowitz. My favorite of these is her skinny arm reaching across the table with the skeletons, interesting fashion statement.

Anonymous said...

Great set design...Gary

yoyo said...

I continue to be so impressed with your incredible, I love you,
Sister Jo

John Foster said...

I appreciate your comments, especially with my sister checking in!

Larry the Artist said...

There seems to be an unwritten rule that "anything goes" in fashion photography. Often, I see the images as an excuse to shoot anything and call it art. However, in the case of this work, there is a wonderful balance of art, fashion, drama and design.

Anonymous said...

très joli site, mairgance, paris.

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