‘I believe that you may have just endorsed exactly the response that I try to engender,’ she observes gently. ‘I mean, in that I instigate the narrative and the viewer completes it. For example, who’s to say that it isn’t a female bear? and that if it is a female bear that she couldn’t be equally capable of being unpredictable and ferocious?’

‘At first glance,’ she says, ‘I can see how my work may be — is — reminiscent of a time characterised by male objectification of women. But to me the ‘looks’ of those eras are aesthetically pleasing, so why shouldn’t I be able to reference them and use them in my sets and styling and models? Also, the way I photograph the women turns the quaint, outdated associations on their heads. The women are front and centre, they’re unique and idiosyncratic, they’re their own people and the frame of my picture is theirs. They are not one bit passive.’

‘Well, obviously I want my images to be aesthetically pleasing, and there is nothing quite as pleasing as the female form in all its glorious shapes and sizes. And why shouldn’t we be able to strip outdated historical mores of their associations and still have access to their aesthetic appeal?’

‘I just get bored with anything typically pretty, and I enjoy the melancholic, both in art and cinema. The models act out a part in the photograph rather than just standing there looking pretty. When choosing my models, the most important feature for me is that they have characterful, expressive faces to embody the part I have previously imagined or explained. The resulting image hopefully evokes a sense of uncertainty in the viewer and encourages them to linger a little longer.’

Blanc Mag

Lauren Maccabee shoots Munroe Bergdorf for Blanc Magazine

The Heist

Jumping into the new week looking back at Pierre Winther's campaign 'The Heist' shot for Nike

Calvin Klein

DMB Artist Jenna Gang shoots new animation for Calvin Klein

Gucci Beauty

Martin Parr shoots new lipstick collection Rouge à Lèvres Satin from a new Gucci Beauty line ideated by Alessandro Michele

Circus by Sam Edelman

Jenna Gang shoots new work for Circus by Sam Edelman

Drake Fans

DMB Photographer Lauren Maccabee shoots Drake Fans in London for The Face

Team Lab

From the DMB Archive - Christoffer Rudquist went to Tokyo for Wired UK to photograph Team Lab documenting their creativity with technology

Links of London

Lauren Maccabee shoots the new Orbs collection campaign for Links of London

Small World

A look back at Martin Parr's photo book Small World

Beauty Papers

Bruce Gilden gets up close and personal for the Beauty Papers BIG Issue cover story

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