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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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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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Sharif Hamza: Dreams of Levitation

A Soaring Portrait of Daredevil Motocross Riders High Above the Nevada Desert

“As a sport that involves great personal risk, freestyle motocross is a perfect way to create a sense of story and proved a beautiful way to look at menswear,” says NOWNESS contributor Sharif Hamza. The V, Vogue and W photographer's black-and-white portrait of professional motorcycle riders Tim O’Brien and Greg Garrison captures the duo revving across a barren Nevada plain. “I love spectating people who are able to do something with their bodies and minds that I understand but couldn’t be capable of.” With the stuntmen flying overhead, Dreams of Levitation features model Shaun de Wet clad in metallic, biker-inspired gear by up-and-coming New York-based designer Tim Coppens, and a hypnotic voiceover written by Laura Albert and read by De Wet. “The voice she created is that of the rider in his later years, washed up and living a normal life,” adds Hamza of the contribution of Albert, who under the pseudonym JT LeRoy became the provocative voice of the literary counter culture in 1999. “She helped me to think about who the man is beyond his sport. He’s a roadside mechanic, reminiscing on a peak in his life, a time when he was capable of anything.”

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