vrijdag 29 november 2013

30 Days of Fashion (A Collector's Portfolio by Mario Sorrenti)

Mario Sorrenti is making me a cappuccino. He has one of those push-button espresso makers that is supposed to ensure the perfect cup of coffee every time, but this machine’s a bit moody, he says, so he’s unsure of the outcome. That’s fine with him. Although he strives for a certain orchestrated control in his photography, he appreciates the element of chance whenever he creates. Right now his studio is uncharacteristically quiet. An assistant is repainting the well-scuffed shoot area industrial white, another comes in to discuss logistics for a location shoot that evening. Up on the wall of his studio are images for a planned exhibition in Beijing that is coinciding with the Olympics. “I am truly excited about the show, but they are censoring me like crazy,” he says. “So I am having difficulty believing it’s going to happen.” I notice a group of provocative but compellingly fashion shots put to the side. “I mean, do they know me? Have they seen my work?”

One of today’s most creatively charged, sought after and inspired fashion photographers, Mario Sorrenti signed his first contract with Harper’s BAZAAR at the maverick age of 21. His debut shoot for the magazine was with Kate Moss, his girlfriend at the time and someone he had been photographing just for himself (they met when they were both modeling). In fact, prior to his meeting at BAZAAR most of his work was purely personal, he says. The “Kate” shoot led to a two-career-making campaign for Calvin Klein. “Who will ever forget a naked Kate languidly lying on the sofa in that Obsession ad?” said BAZAAR’s Glenda Bailey years later in her April 2006 editor’s letter to an issue whose fashion well was shot entirely by Sorrenti.

Since his auspicious start, Sorrenti’s photographs have not only graced the pages of today’s leading fashion magazines and heightened the impact of more than a few memorable advertising campaigns, but they have also been exhibited as works of art in respected museums and galleries around the world. His photographs are uncompromising, inspired and often surprisingly personal despite their stated purpose as fashion illustration.

We sat down over cappuccinos (they turned out to be unsurprisingly well crafted) to discuss his photography, his inspirations and the impatience that keeps him from becoming a painter.


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