art photography

#35 Annie Leibovitz, Killers Kill, Dead Men Die, 2007




Created by Annie Leibovitz and Michael Roberts, Killers Kill, Dead Men Die is a series of photographs in the style of film noir. Each photo is accompanied by a small paragraph that gives the audience the information about the scene, sometimes including dialogue from the characters, altogether they tell a story piece by piece. This approach leaves the space for imagination to the audience, by providing a visual clue, the still image directs us to re-enact those scenes in our mind, and in our own way.


#34 Natalie Dybisz – Surreal Fashion


Storm Door

Miss Aniela (Natalie Dybisz) is a fine-art fashion photographer based in London, UK.

“SURREAL FASHION is where fashion meets fine art, beauty meets absurdity, and couture meets chaos.”

The tone is very much like paintings, the color palette in each photo is not complex but indeed showing strong vigor, she successfully visualizes the fantasies in her mind. The high quality of art direction is what makes the image so powerful, it gives an epic look since the work is mostly based on classical works dating back as early to 16th century. To make a reference and to mix it with something new, the series for sure opens up a new world with an exceptional view. When surrealism meet fashion, everything becomes a little better, I would say.

#33 Jeanloup Sieff





Jeanloup Sieff was a master of light, his manipulation of light and shadow was so exquisite that made his photographs look like poetry. He was able to capture elegance, revealing a sort of tenderness, and creating atmospheric scenes that explore the beauty of female body in a voyeuristic way. The scenes are more natural and closer to life, but at the same time so beautiful and peaceful.

#32 Gregory Crewdson – Beneath the Roses




“The “Beneath the Roses” series can be seen as a psychological study of the American province. The settings show social realities and document the economic decline of a society behind the backdrop of the American way of life. ”

“The stagings are planned and arranged in advance down to the smallest detail and then elaborately implemented in a major logistical and human effort. The final photograph is the result of what is frequently work lasting several weeks, a circumstance that is substantiated by its depths in terms of content and its technical perfection.”

The photographer intends to portray working-class life in America, but as far as I am concerned, I found it a little bit fake when I saw these photographs. Often, there are a lot of similar works in this style of staging, meaning well-established lighting, perfect texture of the wall, the furniture, carefully chosen colors, and often featuring the human subject with stiff or unnatural pose. Sometimes I even wondering whether it is photography or a rendered still of a 3D animation. I think the reason is, when you are too obsessed with the visual details, it will lead you to overdoing it. I don’t really dislike this kind of photographic style, but I think sometimes it doesn’t match with the concept of the work. And the perfection somehow makes me feel unrealistic, so it’s hard to convince me of how the series shows social realities and how it documents the economic decline. I just don’t feel connected to these images.

#31 Tim Walker




“Fashion fairytale”

His work often contains dream-like elements that makes the audience feel like they are falling into a new kind of fairytale, a world only exists when we are not familiar with the stories anymore. The art direction is playing an significant role in his fashion photography. I especially love the color palette used in a lot of his photos.

I feel isolated, perhaps disconnected to reality, when I look at his photos, as the world he created seems more like the place I’d rather be. For sure, there are certain things in that universe siphoning the sense of time out of my mind. The longer I stare, the sadder I am, because reality is just a mirror of depression.

#30 Nigel Tomm

The artist took the approach of re-photographing a photograph creates something very different yet consistent in one series. Apart from the usual portrait photography, he intentionally distorted the paper, leaving all the cracks and rumples on the surface, which create new depths, new shadows that bring up the contrast, and some kind of landscapes were formed. The faces are transformed into abstractions, it feels like they are beaten. The result of this approach looks quite interesting, but it would have been better if I know the intention of the artist, is there any reason to distort people’s faces and not just because the visual looks cool.


#29 Nobuyoshi Araki





His photographs are often erotic, or even pornographic sometimes. A lot of times his work involves bondage as well as the tendency to hang women from the ceiling. Beyond the facade of the appreciation of female body and all that sexually aroused visuals, there is something direct, strong, and filled with sentiments. As if I can feel the heat in the room, or the sounds outside on the street. Looking at some of his photographs, those with scenes, I can hear the summer whispering, as it goes away. Fade to silent.