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Photographer Valeria Vacca produces heavily contrasted black and white images in which she blends portraits with double exposures. Her work often seems as if done by a painter, thanks to her strong attention to detail.
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Amsterdam duo Bloomers & Schumm have an eye for capturing their subjects as much as the clothing in their fashion shoots and always manage to depict intriguing narratives of hyper-real scenarios. Recently they were commissioned to produce a series for the latest issue of Baron, a magazine that aims to blur the boundaries between porn and art. It’s part of a new wave of publications that explore the niche of seemingly sophisticated fetishisms (see also Odiseo, Talc, and Adult).
Their images for ‘The Future of Sex’ merge the male and female body into contorted positions. Muscular and pale skinned, the bodies lie elongated across office carpets while their unsettling blurred gender results in a dehumanising effect.
Australian artist Phebe Schmidt’s standout visuals rethink contemporary photography and have already inspired collaborations with indie fashion labels as Kuwaii, Per Tim, Seb Brown, Renee Farina, Sui Zhen, and Oscar Key Sung. Her own creative output also appears in Australian art and fashion magazines as Oyster Mag and Pitch Zine. Her aesthetic responds to the dichotomu of our digital age psychology, the allure and repulsion that coexist in our consumption of images. One of the motifs in her work is foodstuffs (literally) and the indelible plasticity of the everyday (more subtly).