Sleep No More

Sleep No More

Russian beauty Natalia Vodianova is photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott and styled by Edward Enninful in the story ‘Sleep No More’

Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, working name “Mert and Marcus”, are fashion photographers who work together on a collaborative basis. Their work and style is influenced by the photographer Guy Bourdin and have pioneered the use of digital manipulation within their field.

Manipulated, Hyper-Real Portraits of Models Posing as Beauty Queens

Manipulated, Hyper-Real Portraits of Models Posing as Beauty Queens

Paris-based photographer Valérie Belin’s series Crowned Heads is a further exploration into reality and artificiality, a central theme to the bulk of her work. The project is an obvious continuation of her earlier projects where she photographed mannequins and models. In these projects, she shoots in a hyper-real manner—where humans look like mannequins and mannequins appear human. To create Crowned Heads, Belin took several portraits of a model and layered the images to create a “sfumato” effect, that is, the gradation has the effect of eliminating the texture of the skin, making the faces appear hyper-real…