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A fashion photographer who has captured some of the world's most beautiful women in stunning photographs using just a Polaroid camera has published his favourite shots in a new book.
A naked Christy Turlington, Angelina Jolie with a cigarette hanging from her bottom lip and a young Kate Moss mountain biking in just a bikini are just some of the iconic snaps Sante D'Orazio has included in the book. The Italian-American has released the series of quick snaps, often taken as test shots for big fashion shoots with magazines including Vogue and Vanity Fair.
The book reads like a who's who of Nineties supermodels with everyone from Christy Turlington to Eva Herzigova stepping - and often disrobing - in front of D'Orazio's camera lens. The celebrated photographer chose 105 images originally taken as 'preliminary studies' whilst preparing for some of the most iconic fashion shoots of the last 30 years. The sultry and sometimes grainy snaps were often the test shots for Vogue, Esquire and Vanity Fair and managed to capture the models in provocative poses, often completely naked.
D'Orazio says he loves the simplicity of the Polaroid photograph, describing the work as a 'consciously reduced, almost poetic publication.' A rudimentary monochrome shot of Kate Moss, captured riding a mountain bike while wearing a polka dot string bikini, sees the global icon pictured at the height of her fame. Also in the book are images of actors and rock stars; D'Orazio has shot everyone from Mick Jagger to Johnny Depp and black and white portraits of them appear in the book.
The coffee table book sees an early shot of German beauty Heidi Klum in sexy red lingerie while a black and white Polaroid sees Claudia Schiffer pictured undoing a white lace vest, while staring seductively straight at the camera. Cindy Crawford is snapped in a colour photograph, apparently taken in a cave setting. The supermodel is entirely naked except for a black sheet which she's clutching.
The book's writer, Glenn O'Brien, describes the images as: 'remarkable, unique side products of captured magical moments, which often outshine the actual (final) product.' D'Orazio is used to commercial success; his large-format prints command high prices at auction.
2016.11.24 / 11:24