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September 13, 2014

Inez & Vinoodh: Transformers

The Photography Duo Map their Visual History for Aperture Magazine

Husband-and-wife photographers Inez & Vinoodh have lent their shape-shifting vision to the fashion world’s leading editors at Vogue, W and Self Service. After over 25 years of service, the image-makers have translated their fluency by guest-editing the fall issue of photography institution, Aperture. “I was interested in the history of fashion photography,” says editor Michael Famighetti of handing over the reigns to the Dutch couple for the quarterly’s first fashion issue in 20 years. “And Inez & Vinoodh’s practice is always reflecting on the medium of photography itself.” Today’s retrospective portfolio taken from the fall edition distils the duo’s pioneering use of digital effects to play hypnotic visual tricks on the viewer. Giving a rare glimpse into their kinetic psyche, the photographers embark in a dialogue on old references—Richard Hamilton's “Fashion-Plate” made the cover—and new talents like the street photographer Daniel Arnold.

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Sofía Sanchez Barrenechea: Fuego

The Fashion-World Darling Gets Her Party On in Downtown LA

Argentinian art director and street-style regular Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea takes a classic Datsun for a spin from the Chateau Marmont to Downtown Los Angeles in today’s playful portrait. Fresh from attending the Spring-Summer 2014 shows, the front row face explores the hidden Piñata District, full of Salvadoran and Mexican street vendors, taco trucks and a flower market—all set to a ranchera soundtrack. When not seeking out local designers for her online boutique Under Our Sky, Sanchez Barrenechea art directs for Estée Lauder, Marni and Derek Lam, and is frequently snapped in Peter Pilotto and Mary Katrantzou. SoCal resident and NOWNESS regular Columbine Goldsmith captured the bustling action in LA, having contributed to Self Service, Vanity Fair and Dazed & Confused. “Those guys totally fell in love with her,” says the filmmaker of her subject's assimilation into the locale, who collaborated with Sanchez on the creative direction. “When I said goodbye to her at the end of the shoot, she was in a gold lamé coat getting into a taxi with two enormous piñatas.” Alas, the South American transplant, who prepares to wed her set-designer beau Alexandre de Betak next year in Patagonia, could not find room for her colorful acquisitions. “I wanted to get the piñata shipped to New York,” she says. “But it was a $15 piñata and $300 for shipping.”

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Nathan Stewart-Jarrett: The Lost

Part One of a Brooding Men's Fashion Trilogy From Director Jonas Lindström

Channeling the sartorial nonchalance of Robert Longo’s "Men in the Cities" series, photographer and director Jonas Lindstroem premieres the first installment of his silver screen-inspired miniseries, The Lost, The Determined, The Dreamer. Starring Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, famed for appearing in BAFTA award-winning comedy-drama Misfits, today’s short sees the Brit School alumni lost in a baroque London hotel, clad in designers including Juun. J, Lanvin and Gucci. “The films were loosely inspired by Mystery Train by Jim Jarmusch,” explains the Berlin-based director and frequent contributor to Modern Matter, Interview and Wallpaper. “I thought of it as a triptych: three men, three tales. The hotel is a place that somehow exists out of space and time, a micro-cosmos to these stories and many more. I really like the strangeness of it.” To conjure the atmospheric mood, Lindstroem enlisted Frankfurt music collective HardWorkSoftDrink, who reworked the soundtrack of cult 1994 German TV show, Space Night. Next up, the director is working on a project with Berlin designer Kostas Murkudis for Novembre magazine, while Stewart-Jarrett, having recently starred alongside Jude Law and Emilia Clark in Dom Hemingway, is reprising his role in critically acclaimed British TV thriller, Utopia.

Part Two, The Determined, with Cathal McAteer premieres next Tuesday, January 21.

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