Bonnie And Clyde, 1991.

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Revisiting the work of photographer Peter Lindbergh, who passed away last week on 9.3.19. Shown here is his 1991 shoot with models Karen Mulder and Linda Evangelista as Bonnie And Clyde. The Depression era gangsters more or less mimic scenes and the ‘feel’ of the groundbreaking 1967 film Bonnie And Clyde produced by star Warren Beatty and directed by Arthur Penn, with Burnett Guffrey in charge of cinematography. Okay, neither Mulder or Evangelista look like the real Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, or even like Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway for that matter, but I could argue that Peter Lindbergh’s fashion editorial homage is no more historically inaccurate than screenwriters David Newman and Robert Benton’s story was in that iconic film.

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R.I.P. Peter Lindbergh.

Peter Lindbergh, R.I.P.

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Photographer Peter Lindbergh, whose work has appeared here multiple times, passed away last week (9.3.19) at age 74. Lindbergh was born in the waning days of World War II in what was still German occupied Poland. After studying art and photography, he worked as a window dresser in Germany and Holland, finally opening his own photo studio in the 1970’s. By the late 1980’s he’d achieved international acclaim for numerous high-profile fashion editorials and was instrumental in the rise of the 1980’s-90’s celebrity supermodels, including Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford and others.

In a marketplace dominated by lush, color-saturated images and severe figure distortions designed to enhance the apparel and accessories, Lindbergh’s work was characterized by a uniquely naturalistic style, often in black and white and looking more like candid shots, even though this was achieved with an army of stylists and assistants. Here are just a few pieces of Peter Lindbergh’s work with models Mila Jovovich and Mariacarlo Boscono. Indulge me with this and the next post, an adaptation of an older one from back in February showing a 1991 shoot with models Karen Mulder and Linda Evangelista as Depression era gangsters Bonnie And Clyde.

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Bramanto’s Femme Fatale

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Assisted by Reza Bustami and Phillip Kwok, photographer Julius Bramanto’s photo suite, called simply “Femme Fatale”, looks  right out of a 1990’s erotic thriller, and is a reminder that pickups and hookups don’t always end well, since love (or lust) can be a deadly affair.

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Yeah, But She’s Got The Gun…

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In the end, it’s all about who’s holding the gun.

Master fashion photographer-storyteller Steven Meisel shoots model Carolyn Murphy for a stylish editorial in Vogue Italia from 2002 that’s a sumptuous bit of Euro-Noir. Who can tell if Murphy’s gotten mixed up with a dangerous duo out of love for the handsome boy-toy, or been blackmailed by the suave ringleader? What we do know is that she’s the one holding the gun in the end, and making off with the money.

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On The Run

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Writers find inspiration in many places. Actually, story ideas are rarely an issue. Finding the time write them all is more of an issue, right? As for me, an unlikely but fruitful source of inspiration is in fashion editorial photography. Not just plain ol’ glamour shots, but the artfully styled pieces on elaborate sets and locations, often telling some sort of enigmatic story in pictures. I gaze at the sumptuous images and make up all kinds of stories in my head.

Here we see Frances Coombe and Anastasia Ivanova photographed by Ellen von Unwerth for Vogue Italia. Are they on the run? And if so, from who? The law, their spouses, lovers…maybe they lifted a bag of money from the mob?  Who knows, but it’s fun to play make believe with the photos…

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