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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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Cathal McAteer: The Determined

The Founder and Creative Director of Folk Continues our Neo-Noir Menswear Trilogy

“He was a natural,” says director Jonas Lindstroem of Scottish designer Cathal McAteer, the star of the second installment of his cinematic miniseries, The Lost, The Determined, The Dreamer.  The founder of functional, detail-driven British label Folk is heavily influenced by Eames, Oscar Niemeyer and Le Corbusier, and is currently working on a ceramics range with Ralph Lauren and Nicole Farhi collaborator Jo Davda. “I spent a long time in the shower; in the end, it flooded the downstairs of the hotel,” he remembers of the shoot. “Cathal has never done any acting before, but was incredible in front of the camera,” says the Berlin-based filmmaker. “I felt he had a calm but attentive way of being, and he produced something that felt very determined and enigmatic.” Below, the designer lets us in on his creative philosophy.

I go to odd places for inspiration. I used to go to Sofia in Bulgaria, where you’d find beautiful Soviet-era objects and buildings to photograph. It’s not always the most glamorous places that inspire me.

My girlfriend would tell you that I collect anything to do with wood.
My current obsession are these old, thick oak poles stored in a big room, which I’m still waiting to use.

I would quite like to go to one of those wonderful places in Italy where you can rent a room in a warehouse and discover collections of old things. I’ve heard of designers who do that: they’ll camp out for a week in special archive places.

My spirit animal would be the snow leopard—only because my daughter has a snow leopard onesie. 

Part Three, The Dreamer, with Thomas Shickle premieres next Tuesday, January 28.

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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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