Erik Almas

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San Francisco area photographer Erik Almas came from Norway to the U.S to attend the Academy of Art University and then ended up staying. Almas is perhaps best known for his cinematic styled fashion, advertising and editorial work, much of it done with his unique compositing techniques. Take a look for yourself at erikalmas.com or the photographer’s blog at blog.erikalmas.com.

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Were You Whistling At Us?

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A word to the wise, fellas: Maybe think twice before you make with the catcalls and the whistles at the next car full of women. Just sayin’. This convertible’s packed with Valeria Mazza, Michele Hicks and Carla Bruni, from a Vogue Italia shoot in 1995.

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.

Gerusova Gave Her A Gun.

By Tatiana Gerusova

So lets guess about this one…

The landscaper needs to be prodded to keep the lawn mower rolling? The pool boy’s been told to finish up by noon or there’ll be trouble? Or perhaps the second floor bedroom window provides a perfect perch to pick off hubby on his way to the Mercedes in the driveway? Who knows, even if L.A. based photographer Tatiana Gerusova’s just whimsically shooting girlz with gunz for a fancy lingerie fashion pictorial.

“Our Last Hours Before He Killed Himself”

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I often say that many ‘artsier’ and edgier fashion editorials tell a story, or mean to at any rate. But even if creative directors, art directors and photographers have lofty narrative goals, the purpose of the shoots is to sell clothes. Or shoes, makeup, accessories or whatever.

But when a shoot is titled “Our Last Hours Before He Killed Himself”, as is this one by Elisabeth Toll with model Olga Sherer for a 2009 issue of Bon magazine…well, clearly the creative team had something narrative in mind. And that’s one hell of  title.

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New Orleans Noir

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The copy for “Streetcar Of Desire”, a 1992 Harper’s Bazaar fashion editorial, almost reads like the cover tease for a steamy noir or erotic thriller (minus all the ‘lets-sell-pricey-lingerie’ stuff). “Languorous, sexual, darkly colored, (it) could be inspired by love and lust. These are looks to feed the flame of longing and light up the shadows of a summer night (with) reflections of Blanche DuBois – silk and lace against lily-white skin”. Hmmm, listen to my keyboard sizzle. Shot by Phillip Dixon, model Tatjana Patitz is more a French Quarter femme fatale than Blanche Dubois’ fey and faded beauty, but the images are enough to inspire any noir’s doomed love affair.

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Ice Picks & Fishnets

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You see blonde hair, then the ice pick, and might assume that it’s Sharon Stone as Catherine Tramell, the murderous mystery novelist in Paul Verhoeven’s 1992 Basic Instinct. Not quite that character’s look, though. And no, it’s actually Madonna, shot by Mert + Marcus in 2010, ramming her pick into a wood floor instead of Michael Douglas.

Black Friday

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I think the photo suite was titled “Black Friday”. Peter Gehrke shoots model Lila Cardona in a noir-ish homage, strictly black and white, for And Other Stories’ Black Friday campaign in 2018. It’s no stretch to concoct your own story for this series, with Cardona heading up the dark stairway, perhaps to her in-town love nest getaway. A call is made on arrival. To her lover for a rendezvous later? Well…could be. Or, just as likely, for a rendezvous with something much more sinister. She peers through the blinds, apprehensive, then glances at her reflection in the mirror, seeing the face of a lover, the face of a liar, the face of a killer…

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