Our assignment for photography this week was to collect together 50 images from magazines or the internet and by a process of elimination edit the images down to a collection taken by 10 photographers.
I noticed during this task that the types of photos I was most drawn too, usually had quite a Gothic or Grungy edge to them in regards to the styling. The photographs themselves tended to be quite dark with high contrast to them. I find this style of photography to be most enticing as it makes the photo appear to have a dark story running through them.
There were so many photographer’s I loved but after a long time searching the internet I managed to reduce it down to 10 that I thought stood out to me the most and 2 that were my absolute favorites.
Ben Morris was born in Yorkshire and initially established himself in Europe. Ben formulated his aesthetic around an effortless, narrative style combined with the ability to document seemingly intimate moments in a polished and aspirational way.
He began his career photographing the likes of Britt Marling, Greta Gerwig, Lou Doillon and Sam Taylor Wood for publications including Arena Homme + and GQ. Ben’s stylised work rapidly garnered him a solid following subsequently leading to a number of commercial clients including Selfridges and Urban Outfitters. Recent campaigns include Nike, All Saints and H&M.
Ben also continues to develop his personal viewpoint through ongoing editorial, expanding his partners to British Vogue, Elle France and Numero. (jedroot.com Ben Morris, Bio)
Ben Riggott is a photographer based in London who has had his work featured in magazines such as GQ and Cosmopolitan.
Charlie Engman is a photographer who currently lives and works in New York City. Charlie gained a BA with 1st Class Hnours in Japanese and Korean Studies at the University of Oxford, 2009. (charlieengman.com, Info)
Jason Nocito is a photographer who shoots for the likes of Nike, Apple, Diesel, and Rolling Stone. He currently lives in Vancouver. (vice.com, an interview with Jason Nocito)
Jason has also had a few books published with his work in; I Heart Transylvania, Loads (2009) and Was/Is (2010)
Mel Bles is a photographer represented by D and V Management, working in London and New York. (melbles.com, contact)
Her unique and individual approach to photography has been showcased within some of the fashion industry’s most influential titles. To date these include; Dazed and Confused, iD, V Magazine, Another Man, Arena Homme + Pop and Bon Magazine.
Patrick Demarchelier was born in Paris is 1943 and spent his childhood in Le Havre with his mother and four brothers.
He discovered fashion photography by working as a freelance photographer and learning and working with her photographers such as Henri Catier-Bresson, Terry King and Jacque Guilbert.
Patrick lives in New York and has done since 1975. Since the late 1970’s he has shot covers for nearly every major fashion magazine including America, British and Paris Vogue. He has also shot covers for Rolling Stone, Glamour, Life, Newsweek, Elle and Mademosielle. (Fashion Photography: Patrick Damerchelier by K. E. Livingston, 1989)
Silja Magg is a 27 year old female fashion photographer from Iceland, based in New York. Her father worked as a photographer which is what inspired her to get into photography. (interviewmagazine.com, culture, discovery silja magg)
Tung Walsh is a photographer based in London who has shot for a variety of clients such as, Moncler, CoStume National, Dolce and Gabanna, Nike, Tods, Fred Perry, Levi’s, Topshop and ASOS. (tungwalsh.com, biography)
The following 2 photographers are the photographers who’s work and technique I admired the most during my extensive research.
Nick Knight is among the world’s most influential photographers as well as being Director & founder of SHOWstudio.com. He has won numerous awards for his editorial work for Vogue, Dazed & Confused, W magazine, i-D, and Visionaire, as well as for fashion and advertising projects for clients including Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Levi Strauss, Yohji Yamamoto and Yves Saint Laurent.
He produced Nicknight, a 12 year retrospective, and Flora, a series of flower pictures. Knight’s work has been exhibited at such institutions as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery, the Photographers Gallery and Hayward Gallery and recently The Tate Modern. (nickknight.com, Biography)
Nick’s first book ‘Skinheads’ was published in 1982, whilst he was still a student at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design. He was then commissioned by i-D editor Terry Jones to create a series of 100 portraits for the magazines fifth anniversary issue. As a result of this his work caught the attention of art direct Marc Ascoli, who commissioned Nick to shoot the 1985 catalogue of avant-garde designer Yhji Yamamoto. (Smyth, Diana (Winter 2009), Nick Knight: Showman, Aperture (197):68-75)
Nick also directed Lady Gagas “Born This Way” music video.
Javier Vallhonrat was born in 1953 in Madrid. He studied painting at the Fine Arts Faculty of the University of Madrid in the early 70s. Just after receiving a degree in Fine Arts at the University of Madrid, he reached international recognition while contributing his photos to several fashion designers and for Conde Nast Publications.
Today, while continuing his contributions to British Vogue, German Vogue, Italian Vogue, Japanese Vogue, Big and others, Javier also teaches creative photography at various universities. (mfilomeno.com, Javier Vallhonrat, Bio)
Javier’s work has been honored with numerous awards including the National Award citarel be Picture 1995 of the Ministry of Culture, the Award of Excellence from the Society of Newspaper Design USA, the Silver Award of New York Times Magazine, USA, 1994, the 76th Annual Art Directors Club Awards, USA, PhotoEspaña Bartolomé Ros Award 2007 Award Photo Villa de Madrid Photography Award 2009 and Madrid 2009. (javiervalhonrat.com, CV)
2006 Javier Vallhonrat, publisher BOM, Barcelona, (Spain)
2004 Casa de humo, Fundacion Telefonica, Madrid.
2003 ETH, Centro de Arte de
Salamanca, Salamanca, (Spain).
Javier Vallhonrat habla con Santiago Olmo Conversaciones con Artistas, edicion La Fabrica, Madrid
2002 Javier Vallhonrat Lugar, Ayuntamiento de Tarragona,Tarragona, (Spain).
2001 Obras 1996-2001, Sala Amos Salvador. Cultural Rioja, Logrono, (Spain).
1999 Biblioteca de Fotografos Madrilenos (PhotoBolsillo), Madrid.
1997 Trabajos Fotograficos, 1991-1996 Editorial Lunwerg, Madrid.
1996 Boxes, Editorial Mestizo, Murcia (Spain).
1993 Javier Vallhonrat, Autograms, Gina Kejayoff, Munich, (Germany).
1992 Javier Vallhonrat, The Posseses Space, Gina Kejayoff, Munich, (Germany).
1986 Javier Vallhonrat, Animal Vegetal, Abril y Buades Editor, Madrid.
(mfilomeno.com, Javier Vallhonrat, Bio)
Ben Morris: Jedroot.com, Ben Morris, Bio
Charlie Engman: charlieengman.com, info
Jason Nocito: vice.com, an interview with Jason Nocito / jasonnocito.com
Javier Vallhonrat: mfilomeno.com, Javier Vallhonrat, Bio / javiervallhonrat.com, CV
Mel Bles: melbles.com, contact / dandvmanagement.com, photographer, Mel Bles
Nick Knight: nickknight.com, biography / Diana Smyth (Winter 2009), Nick Knight: Showman, Aperture (197): 68 – 75
Patrick Demarchelier: Fashion Photography: Patrick Damerchelier by K. E. Livingston, 1989
Silja Magg: interviewmagazine.com, culture, discovery silja magg
Tung Walsh: tungwalsh.com, biography