‘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 Also, the way I photograph the women turns the quaint, outdated associations on their heads.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 And why shouldn’t we be able to strip outdated historical mores of their associations and still have access to their aesthetic appeal?’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.’

Dr. Martens “Tough As You” Nakhane

Alex de Mora directs 'Tough As You' campaign for Dr Martens

Reading Festival

Lauren Maccabee travelled to Reading Festival last weekend with The Face Magazine to document what has become the the post-GCSE rite of passage for 16 year olds. ⁣⁣⁣⁣

Arles

Martin Parr shoots the cover story for Arles Magazine Issue #2 - Gate To The South

Babushka Boi

Nadia Lee Cohen directs A$AP Rocky's new music video 'Babushka Boi'

Top Boy

Alex de Mora shoots the Season 3 campaign for Top Boy, a Netflix Original Series. Produced by DMB.

Vogue España

Martin Parr shoots 'I Love Benidorm' editorial for Vogue España June 2019

Filling Pieces

Alex de Mora shoots the latest campaign for Filling Pieces. Produced by DMB.

Whoop 3.0

Emily Maye shoots new campaign for Whoop 3.0

A Complete Examination of Middlesex

A look back at Bruce Gilden’s project ‘A Complete Examination of Middlesex’, where he was commissioned by the Archive of Modern Conflict to capture the people and places of London.

Blackpink

Lauren Maccabee documents the ‘Blinks’ in Manchester for The Face Magazine

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