Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Indira Cesarine: Master Of The Untitled
Indira Cesarine has an instinct for creating striking fashion images that are always original
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In Bravo TV's reality show Make Me A Supermodel, the photographer behind the lens for one of the episodes, Indira Cesarine, is so striking that you wonder why she isn't in front of the camera instead. Yet the photo world would be deprived of one of the most talented fashion and beauty photographers working today. She's also the editor in chief and creative director of The Untitled Magazine, a transmedia publication exploring the worlds of fashion, art, film, music, photography and culture. The magazine's mission is to cultivate a deeper recognition of the cross-pollination of mediums in the multimedia world.
Over coffee at a café in Paris where the New York-based photographer, director and magazine mogul is in town for the City of Lights fashion week, we discuss her life and work on all sides of the camera.
DPP: One of the things that has brought you a great deal of success is your conceptually driven series. How do you develop your ideas?
Indira Cesarine: I work very thematically. I like to have an idea and really develop it. Throughout my career, I've always gone through waves. In the mid-'90s, I went through my night phase where I was obsessed with shooting after the sun went down, using the ambient light—moonlight, neon signs, shooting through windows with streetlights. I did so many editorials with the night look. I will expand on a theme for a few seasons, then move on to something else. My work goes through waves of concepts of lighting, as well as content. Before, a lot of my shoots were highly lit—very lighting-driven. At the moment, I've been exploring the simplicity of daylight in entertainment and talent-based portraiture. As I mature as an artist, I'm finding it more interesting to work with subjects that have a story and to develop concepts to bring out their personality. It could be with an Olympic athlete or a politician or a musician or an amazing actor doing groundbreaking work or developing a new direction.
DPP: Such as your work with Vanessa Hudgens.
Cesarine: Her previous image was totally different. She had teen icon status in America. I thought, she's growing into this very sophisticated actress and nobody has really caught this new side of her work in still images. The public eye still saw her as this teenage girl. She has all these new movies coming out where she's this amazingly sophisticated, sexy seductress so I thought, why not push some boundaries and present her this way.
DPP: Do you sketch out concepts before a shoot like this?
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