Pale Pink Puberty, the effervescent work of Petra Collins

To capture girls in this way is to create magic, the illusive moment that is puberty is Petra's most unreal talent. Somehow for her, the lens is not connected to camera at all, it's more like the eye of another girl in the room added up with the pouty lips, fleshy body parts and pale pink colors her work makes you just scream out the word MILKSHAKE  with a serious junior High angsty tone. 

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Photographer, Tyrone Lebon

Tyrone Lebon on how he started, his Q+A cover and his stepdad’s giant new naked Lara Stone tattoo.


What made you want to become a photographer? It was an easy way to get close to, and explore the things I was interested in when I was a shy and awkward teenager.

When/ how did you start working with i-D? Terry Jones commissioned me to shoot portraits of my friends in Edinburgh when I was studying there when I was 19. He got my number from my dad who has worked with i-D since the 80s.

This is your first i-D cover, how did you decide on the shot? Sadly the choice wasn’t mine. I liked another shot in the story where Lara’s head is in a fruit bowl.

How did you and Charlotte come up with the concepts for the shoot? We wanted every image to be different. And I think overall we wanted it to be lighthearted, but still try and make powerful and interesting pictures.

How did you find working with Charlotte? Glorious! Charlotte is deadly serious and passionate about her work, but hugely encouraging and open and fun. There’s a lot of laughing when we shoot together which makes it a pleasure. Her right hand woman Katie Lyall is also a fabulous specimen of a human being.

You photographed your brother, your dad and your stepdad for the shoot, do you photograph them differently to other people? Or direct them differently? To try and make pictures more personally meaningful I like to include my family and friends. There are quite a few in this shoot. I think I approach everyone in the same way. But with people I know I am more aware of what I can get out of them so it’s more straightforward. Whereas when you photograph someone for the first time there are surprises.

Whose idea was the Lara tattoo? I found an image online of a tattoo of Tupac with a unicorn horn and body which made me laugh. I added this to our moodboard of ideas. And somehow it turned into Davebaby getting a tattoo of Lara across his whole chest.. thank you to Ryan Jessiman at Shangrila who did the tattoo. and obviously to Dave. This picture was about celebrity obsession.

What’s your favourite advert? Early Stussy ads were probably the first print ads that caught my eye as a kid. Also sugar puffs cereal commercials on tv with the honeymonster.

If you could create an advert for anything, what would it be for, who would you cast and what would it be like? An advert for beheading featuring a fruitbowl and a model.

Do you think fashion photography should be pretty? Not really it gets boring doesn’t it. but fashion photography is fundamentally about selling aspirations through clothes. and most people aspire to beauty. so it follows that fashion photography should be beautiful to serve its main purpose. but there is a bit of space around the edges to work within fashion and achieve something more than this, and this is where it becomes interesting

Beauty is pain: The NYC Ballet company

Photos by Henry Leutwyler

 

Portfolio: Behind the Curtain at the New York City Ballet

“This is the secret,” says photographer Henry Leutwyler. “To completely blend in, to become invisible.” Leutwyler spent last winter as the most observant ghost in New York City Ballet’s rehearsal studios, capturing the uncommonly raw backstage images that now compose Ballet, which is both a book (out in December from Steidl) and an exhibit (on view at Foley Gallery November 28 through January 6). The shots here exemplify the peek-behind-the-curtain feel of Leutwyler’s photos, from an open crate of tutus (“like pizzas in a restaurant”) to a ballerina’s feet after a day of matinée and evening performances (“when the feet are demolished”). “If I had to title the picture, I would call it Reality and Dreams,” says Leutwyler. “The foot en pointe is what every little girl dreams of. The other is the hard, hard work, and the reality.”