This sexy, dark editorial from 2010 is one of my favorites by photographer Nick Knight, who loves to take silhouettes to the extreme and always has a beautiful sense of motion in his work.
Samantha Gradoville is a perfect retro sweater girl in these beautiful photographs by photographers Stevie and Mada.
William Mortensen is an art historical hero not well known to the masses. Mortensen began as a Hollywood artist; a contemporary of Cecil B. DeMille who worked in everything from set decoration to costumery. He was a photographer too, and as the jack-of-all-trades grew more popular in the film industry, he was able to photograph the likes of Jean Harlow and Peter Lorre, the resulting images ending up in glamorous magazines and bestselling books. Except Mortensen was no typical portrait artist.
Influenced by the burgeoning genre of horror film growing inside studios like Universal in the 1920s and ’30s, he produced portraits that were more nightmare than reality. Manipulating his images with printmaking techniques and rather primitive collage-like practices, his artworks looked like paintings rather than photographs. Given the subject matter — monster primates, transfixing nudes and anything occult — it was just easier to assume the former. His non-celebrity imagery had no limits, as he obsessed over torture, death and unbridled sexuality. (text from here)
Sebastian Faena is a master of the subtly erotic. Using vintage inspired black and white photography, languid poses, expressions of joy turning into ecstascy, he presents couture-clad models looking gorgeously sexy. When a modern style is needed, his ability to capture the model’s personality comes out, and he engages the viewer through their direct eye contact. Both these shoots are perfect examples of his talent.
Loulou Robert, Gigi Hadid And Charlotte Free by Sebastian Faena For Porter #5 Winter 2014
Cara Delevingne by Sebastian Faena for John Hardy Jewelry, Fall 2014
Francois Nars is an icon in the fashion world. He’s done the makeup for such photographers like Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Steven Meisel, Ellen von Unwerth and more – he helped establish the 80’s big brows and earth tones by doing covers of Brooke Shields and early Cindy Crawford. His makeup line, NARS, has consistently ranked best-selling since it was established in 1994. The picture above is from NARS’ Fall 2014 campaign of the ethereal and wondrous Tilda Swinton, taken by Francois Nars himself. When I think of him, I always go to this great editorial from Jane Magazine in 1997 of some of the Supers in costume, photographed and made up by Nars. The Shalom Harlow pictures still make me swoon.
Amber Valetta , Carolyn Murphy , Stella Tennant , Linda Evangelista and Shalom Harlow by Francois Nars for Jane Magazine, September 1997