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 Also, the way I photograph the women turns the quaint, outdated associations on their heads.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 And why shouldn’t we be able to strip outdated historical mores of their associations and still have access to their aesthetic appeal?’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

Harley Davidson

Alex de Mora shoots new Motor Clothes campaign for Harley Davidson 

Painted Faces

Lauren Maccabee shoots new painted faces personal project

Dinner's Ready

Nadia Lee Cohen directs 'Dinner's Ready' starring Sophia Loren for GCDS x BARILLA, inspired by the 1960’s technicolor back lots from the films of Douglas Sirk and Alfred Hitchcock

Virgin Galactic

Steven Counts shoots the space-wear system for Virgin Galactic astronauts designed in collaboration with Under Armour 

Gucci Grip

Clémentine Schneidermann shoots the spirit of skateboarding featuring the Gucci Grip watch in collaboration with artist Zoltar Kieron

Calvin Klein

Jenna Gang shoots new work for Calvin Klein

Sleek Magazine

Martin Parr shoots cover story for Sleek Magazine, where he held a fashion shoot at the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol

It's Nice That

Lauren Maccabee shoots Pam, worker at the Barbican estate laundrette and her customer David's (cofounder of design studio B.A.M.) unlikely, somewhat dysfunctional friendship

Adidas VRCT

Alex de Mora shoots Adidas VRCT featuring dancer Mette Towley

ES Magazine

Martin Parr shoots Grayson Perry as his alter ego Claire for the latest Evening Standard Magazine Cover Story

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