Celine has unveiled the black and white photo shots that the Creative Director of the French fashion house, Hedi Slimane, has taken for the project “Portrait of a performer / artist”, to the symbolic director of the Nouvelle Vague, Jean-Luc Godard.
The project, undertaken by Slimane himself for Celine in 2019, portrays the greatest minds and most important artists of the last 20 years, and this series of portraits dedicated to the filmmaker perfectly embody the spirit of the French designer’s photographic work.
Below you can take a look at the beautiful photographs that Slimane took of Jean-Luc Godard at the beginning of July 2020 in Switzerland.
From Monday, July 27th until Sunday, August 2nd, the legendary photo agency Magnum Photos and Vogue joins forces to raise funds for the NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
All the artists involved, and the archival photographs selected and offered for sale, explore the theme of unity and solidarity in a year of social upheaval that has seen protests related to the Black Lives Matter movement come to the fore around the world. While acknowledging the daunting divisions and fault-lines running through society, the selection will examine a simultaneous human yearning for commune and connection, aiming to explore the strength of both the individual and collective, as well as the interdependence of peoples around the world in the face of adversity and oppression.
Several photographs depict the civil rights movement in the United States and the ongoing struggle for racial equality, exploring moments in history, from the beginning to the present day, when human ties and the mobilization of the masses have sought to bring about positive change by fighting shoulder to shoulder.
The prints, all measuring 15.24×15.24 cm, in museum quality and signed, will be sold for a single week for $100 and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the NAACP, one of the first and most influential civil rights associations in the United States founded in 1909.
Here you will find a selection of our favorites, but we recommend you visit the Magnum Shop so you don’t miss any of the photographs of international artists such as Daniel Arnold, Christopher Anderson, Peter van Agtmael, Eve Arnold, Miranda Barnes, Matt Black, June Canedo de Souza, Bruce Davidson, Raymond Depardon, W. Eugene Smith, Stuart Franklin, Harry Gruyaert, Hassan Hajjaj, Bob Henriques, Yael Martinez, Eli Reed, Richie Shazam, Alec Soth, Newsha Tavakolian, Shirin Neshat, Larry Towell, Ed Templeton, and many others.
Suspiria De Profundis is the novel by Thomas De Quincey that inspired director Dario Argento for the 1977 film and that in 2018, he returned with the adaptation by Luca Guadagnino.
It is precisely the latter that we will talk about, a film that the director himself stated was not explicitly a re-make, but a tribute to the “powerful emotion” he felt when he saw the original film.
The enterprise of re-proposing a masterpiece, you know, is lost at the beginning and for this reason the intention of Guadagnino and the director of photography Mukdeeprom, (with whom he also collaborated in Call me by your name) was to present a new screenplay.
It is a story steeped in dark mysteries that disrupt the lives of young dancers in a prestigious dance company in Berlin. The gloomy and oppressive atmosphere oscillates between shades of grey, blue, and green, typical of the German city during the winter months which hosted almost all the filming of the film shot on film instead of digitally. The color red is quite evident throughout the film, not only as a representation of blood but as a constant presence of “wickedness”.
Mukdeeprom also talked about chromatic inconsistency given by a greater interest in representing moods and therefore “how it feels” and not “how it looks” the construction of a moment. This was necessary for the shooting of the choreographies, where the scene is more complex due to the presence of many people, wide movements and time limitations.
A composition reminiscent of Rob Woodcox‘s photographs, halfway between a dance and an installation made of human bodies. He wants to annul the force of gravity, the constraints and rules of society, the schemes and preconceptions. Fluid movements, fluid sexuality. Paradoxically, the body is annulled to become something more: an instrument of freedom.
Did you know that: Dakota Johnson completed two years of ballet in preparation for her role in this film.
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Director of photography: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Writers: Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi
Stars: Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton
During the quarantine we all lived and experienced different moods caused by isolation, not being able to go out and distance with loved ones. But, if we stop for a moment to reflect, there was not a moment like the one of lockdown during which we felt so close to each other. We could say that isolation created something special, a sense of belonging to something greater. Photographer Michal Zahornacky thought about it all very carefully and decided to represent this feeling with the “Close” project.
The photographic series addresses and analyzes the human situation through architecture. The union that has been created between people is represented through buildings, palaces, houses, windows that multiply endlessly, creating patterns in which there is no space for solitude, or isolation, but the individual elements merge into one big reality.
“CLOSE manifests actual situation when we were forced to close our doors, stay home. It made us come CLOSE together – as a humanity, family, friends and ourselves.”
We have selected only a few shots of Close, to discover the entire series visit Michal Zahornacky’s website and not to miss his upcoming work follow him on Instagram.