01 July 2010

Pretty Much Everything

An Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin retrospective? Isn't it rather early in their career to have a retrospective? Celebrating 25 years their work, 300 of their photographs from 1985 to 2010, Pretty Much Everything will be displayed at Amsterdam’s Foam Museum (ends September 15). And next year, Taschen will publish a tome of 666 photographs of their work accompanied by original fiction. (I like the fiction part).
Inez van Lamsweerde on models: "Raquel Zimmermann, Daria Werbowy, Kate Moss and Anja Rubik. They all have this huge range. They’re mature, they’re grown up, they’re women who have had a life and experience. For about five or six years now we haven’t shot anyone under 18 for that reason, but also for the fact that we feel that the modeling business should not promote girls working under 18. They’re not out of school, their bodies aren’t developed yet, they don’t have a sense of self yet, sometimes they haven’t had sex yet. It’s hard to project all these things on someone who hasn’t had that experience."Inez van Lamsweerde on celebs: "I actually love it. It’s like a conquest each time. It’s kind of like — I don’t want to say seduction, but it has that part to it. I never really try to talk someone into doing something they don’t want to.We usually have an idea ahead of time what we would like to do, what our fantasy would be on a celebrity, what part we would like to bring out or change. Usually I get quite a good sense in the first five minutes as to how much they want to play with you and how open they are.The sitting is no longer than 15 to 20 minutes. A lot of people say that they feel hypnotized after they shoot with us because it’s a very, very, very focused, short period of time. Usually within the first five frames I have the picture."

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