Denis Rouvre: Denis stages employee portraits for Pernod Ricard as Kandinsky paintings
Staff photos are often formal and strained, but global drinks giant PERNOD RICARD decided to break with tradition and treated its staff to a bold and daring photo shoot with portrait photographer Denis Rouvre.
Entitled ‘Blast’, Rouvre encouraged employees to unleash the full force of their personality so that each portrait reflects a ‘moment of freedom, a hymn to individuality’. With the help of painter David Nal-Vad and stylist Ricardo Martinez Paz, he was able to theatrically enhance each employee’s character traits using bright blasts of colour, splashes of abstract shapes, flamboyant costumes and an endless amount of wondrous props.
Like a Kandinsky painting, Rouvre’s portraits capture that what springs from the soul. The Pernod staff portraits have surpassed their intended use and are currently on show at Bailly Contemporary Art Gallery.
Denis Ignatov: PR photos for techno rappers Die Atzen
Denis Ignatov photographed PR material for ‘techno rappers’ DIE ATZEN, whose provocative dance tracks have sold millions worldwide. The duo consists of German rappers Frauenarzt and Manny Marc who seem to enjoy poking fun at the stereotypical bad-boy image. The series comes across as if it were shot on a typical night out with Die Atzen. First he joins them for a freestyle rap in the back of a graffiti-covered toilet. No party is complete without a bubble machine of course! Then it’s straight to the neon-lit bunkers for some more freestyle snappin’ and rappin’. The whole series feels like there’s a party and we’re all invited.
Christian Rolfes: Colourful for eyewear Magazine
Christian Rolfes teamed up with Elan Make-Up Studio for a colourful feature in EYEWEAR MAGAZINE. The models appear illuminated by vibrant beams of filtered light – which on closer inspection turn out to be the handiwork of a talented make-up artist. The pastel neon colours lend a futuristic edge to the photo shoot, whilst also providing the perfect backdrop for the eye-wear collection. Rolfes proves once again that his clear vision and his ability to produce and manage photography projects make him one of the few photographers with whom clients can rest assured when handing over the reins.
Knotan: Jewellery design by STINA ENGSTRÖM
For his latest project KNOTAN turns his lens away from beautiful girls and onto the more conventional glitter of jewellery. Scandinavian designer STINA ENGSTRÖM is a big fan of Knotan’s provocative style and couldn’t think of a more fitting photographer to shoot her latest collection ‘Black is the light’.
Made entirely from black materials, Engström’s collection is a tribute to the darkness, and the creativity that can seep out of it. Knotan shot the series in a blacked-out studio with only one light source. Necklaces dangle in mid air as black shards reflect light back to our eyes, like the glistening waves of a silver moon-lit lake. Smoke curls seductively around the necklace as if exhaled by Marlene Dietrich. Knotan has just made Plexiglas sexy.