It is with great joy that we publish our second issue of Photography Without Words. With Steven Lyon, this photography series goes in a very distinct direction, introducing another unique personality and vision.
Thanks so much for the countless visits the first issue on Carlo Mollino received. The article was posted just before the launch of a new Mollino book (Un Messaggio dalla Camera Oscura) which definitely created a lot of enthusiasm.
As a former model, Steven has therefore a unique understanding of models he works with. He is not afraid of putting sensual bodies forward but always with empathy and complicity. His love for cinema definitely brings as well a different light and atmosphere to his sets.
The below pictures feature some amazing models including a beloved friend. Many thanks to Steven as this is probably the widest retrospective of his work except for his own website (details indicated below).
Make yourself a chilly drink and enjoy the show!
PS. If you do not have the legal age for artistic nudity please leave this page.
Belle de jour
Sea and ... Sun
The Starlet - Mykonian Chic
Lara Stone and Namibia
Ca' del Bosco
TO GO FURTHER
This is the first issue of our "Photography Without Words" series that we dedicate to beautiful or intriguing pictures that speak for themselves. While we introduce the photographers and provide you with further information at the end of the article, we leave the pictures themselves without sub-titles or comments. "A picture is worth a thousand words" they say, we simply invite you to trust your senses and visual emotions, that's all.
We have decided to present the works of Carlo Mollino, an Italian architect and designer who had many extravagant passions that made his life both colourful and adventurous. This quote from Mollino says it all:
"Everything is permissible as long as it is fantastic"
"Carlo Mollino (1905-1973) was possessed of both tremendous energy and incredibly diverse abilities: famed as an architect and furniture designer, he was also a writer, photographer, race-car driver and downhill skier. His private life was no less intense. Mollino had a closely guarded obsession with erotic portraiture, and would regularly invite prostitutes from the streets of Turin to come to his home and pose for him. The scenes were carefully prepared: the models would dress (or partially undress) in costumes, accessories and wigs that Mollino had acquired on trips to France or Southeast Asia, and pose before backdrops of drapery, screens and sculptural furniture. Despite the furtive circumstances of their production, these portraits express the aesthetics of Mollino's more public photographs, as the models appear more statuesque than pornographic. Likewise, the opulent interiors and opulent furnishings of Mollino's private homes in Turin, the Villa Zaira and what is now known as Casa Mollino serve as crucial components of the compositions. In 1962, Mollino began to employ Polaroid film for these shoots, eventually making some 1,300 exposures before his death in 1973." (Un Messaggio dalla Camera Oscura, to be published in Feburary 2012)
CARLO IN THE SKY
TO GO FURTHER
Carlo Mollino: Arabeschi (2006), by Fulvio Ferrari, Napoleone Ferrari
Carlo Mollino: Architecture as Autobiography (2006), by Giovanni Brino
Carlo Mollino: The Furniture of Carlo Mollino (2006), by Fulvio Ferrari, Napoleone Ferrari