I've begun to notice a new wave of photographers taking over fashion editorial and advertising lately. They all have been around for a few years, but suddenly their work is everywhere! Let's just call them the new standard. No one is more excited than me when I open a magazine (usually French Vogue- thanks Carine!) and get inspired by a fresh take on fashion.
Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin are an amazingly sexy couple in every respect: they are supremely artistic and creative, good looking and their chemistry is sizzling!
There is one editorial in French Vogue, set in Morocco that was off the charts. I have never seen anything photographed so beautifully.
Mario Sorrenti has been around a while. Remember the Obsession Kate Moss ads in the early 90's? He and Kate were a fabulously sexy pair. They still team up every once in a while for a spectacular photo shoot. His shots of women are always super hot, as is he.
Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott is another pair of photographers who are hot, hot, hot right now. Givenchy, Gucci, Valentino, Miu Miu and D2 are among the campaigns produced by this dynamic duo. Their images are shot in the style of Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton with strong sexy women in luscious poses.
Recently while in Mystic Journey bookstore in Venice, I saw a photo that moved me incredibly. It has nothing to do with fashion, but everything to do with humanity.
The photo was taken by photographer Sam Diephuis (who himself looks pretty sexy in his profile picture) of two men on a building in Burma (Myanmar) hands pressed in prayer, mists shrouding the ancient buildings of the city while in the distance two hot air balloons float like quiet butterflies.
All of the photos I saw were equally mesmerizing.
To view his work stop by Mystic Journey or check out his website.