31 August 2008

Solve Sundsbo At Colette





"If I've got style, it's that I've got no style"

The world famous London based Norwegian photographer, Solve Sundsbo is currently having an exhibition at Colette's gallery in France. His reputation alone is likely to draw huge crowds. He began as an assistant to Nick Knight, undoubtedly one of the greatest visionary fashion photographers. After establishing himself as a photographer he worked with the likes of Gucci, Dior, Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Hermes, Nike, Lancome and Mac Cosmetics to scratch the surface of his profile. Many of you will most likely recognise the name as he is a regular contributor to a number of magazines such as Pop, ID, Dazed, Confused and Vogue Nippon.

His work is always wonderfully creative and highly inspiring and I personally love how he always manages to capture the raw beauty and essence of his subjects. Indeed Tom Ford stated that "Solve is a great talent in the fashion industry. His photographs speak for themselves. They are powerful, beautiful, always fresh, and I am lucky to have worked with him over the past decade." Strangely enough, at first Sundsbo found it hard to find work, lacking in many eyes a 'style and language' of his own. This was down to the fact that he was so experimental as a photographer, embracing a multitude of styles and working with range of varied techniques.

What I love about his photography is that although many viewers believe the techniques and finishes he employs to be modern and new age, many of the processes are actually based in traditional photography. I also find his approach to fashion photography as highly refreshing, he believes that "photography has become democratic – anyone with a digital camera can shoot something and alter it in Photoshop to make it look polished. For the past four or five years there's been a lot of dull, perfected work around, but there's an industry backlash going on now."

Bring on the backlash...

Currently playing: Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon

xxxx

29 comments:

  1. Most excellent post. Love the color involved..something slightly nostalgic to.

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  2. Thank you so much for the comment. I have to admit I do like writing about Oliver.

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  3. thanks so much for explaining this artist. I might not get as much out of it if I hadn't had some background info.

    wonderful post.

    thank you for reading my blog, too. hope you have a wonderful and productive week.

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  4. So informative. I love this post. I like your journalistic aspect of things.

    All the best.

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  5. such beautiful work.

    really a wonderful post on art.

    thank you for the comments.

    stay creative.

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  6. Thos photos are so inspirational. Its almost surreal. I;m taking a trip to the zoo on monday. Hopefully I'll come across something as great. Alexander McQueen used the same ispiration for SS 08. It was a really great show.

    Glad to see your back. *_*

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  7. Those photos are exquisite!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  8. Wow, interesting. And he's Norwegian?!

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  9. Love your blog

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  10. Beautiful. I adore photography more and more each day. If only I had the skill..

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  11. His quote is spot on. Digital camera's have democratized photography but democracy isn't always such a good idea. Especially when the basic 'rule of thirds' isn't applied.

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  12. Wow...he is amazing! I love the photos! XDD

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  14. He sounds great. I love what he said about backlash. It's so hard to explain to people that photography is art because everyone thinks what they take with their digital camera is photography, but there are pictures...and there are pictures.

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  15. Those photographs are nothing short of breathtaking. And a revolutionary in the fashion industry? Bring ittt :]

    peace&love
    nicole.

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  16. those colors and everything are really pretty - i can tell you have a really good sense of style.

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  17. I like Sundsbo whenever I happen upon his work. I really like the non-traditional way he went about photographing the bird. Not to mention the colors are stunning.

    Nice post!

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  18. I like how he thinks, and what gorgeous photos.

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  19. Um...wow. These photos are exceptional! The movement, the colours, the textures....amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

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  20. Its really different when not in motion, the birds. They seem trapped.

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  21. Beautiful pictures. And wonderful post.

    xo
    amanda

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  22. Great post! I love Solve's photographs, and I'm so proud that he's norwegian;D
    I really like your blog, would you like to trade links?

    Toodles!

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  23. you are more than welcome lovely.

    im so happy your back & hopefully better.

    bring on the backlash from the arctic monkeys??

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  24. I love those! Finally somthing from Norway to be proud of:D:D Haha... ♥

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  25. Amazing imagery! are you feeling better dear? Solve S is such a talent. I could look at these over and over again.
    x
    Marian

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  26. The images you picked are stunning. I love your journalistic approach!

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