Showcasing fashion’s most spectacular physiques in digital and physical book form, comes a personal project by leading industry photographer and KARLISMYUNKLE favourite Mariano Vivanco. Best known for his work with Dolce & Gabbana – and particularly his last book Uomini, Mariano has captured Anne Vyalitsyna, Melodie Monrose, Chiharu Okunugi, Sara Sampaio, Andrej Pejic, Caio Cesar and Garrett Neff in various modern takes on the classical nude.
Preview video and stills below.
The forward for the book was provided by none other than Nicola Formichetti:
Mariano’s nudes have a distinct aura that is very rare. The viewer shares an intimate moment with the photographs. His subjects appear strong but not victimized, confident within their vulnerability. This set of images radiate a glow, light coating each body like a bronzed, golden or copper statue.
We first worked together in the year 2000 and since then our working relationship has flourished. For over a decade we have done some memorable fashion shoots.
In the search for honesty in his images, he has the ability to strip a person down to his or her essence, allowing the sitter to speak and to flourish, dressed or undressed. This speaks volumes to his talent as a photographer. I often refer to Mariano’s work as timeless, like a renaissance painting, a classic movie or sometimes a chaotic opera!
As I stand next to him while he creates, I perhaps know how he works to realize his images; he fuels them with his life and with his soul.