Denis Piel in Moscow


© Denis Piel.Tatjana Patitz, Laetitia Firmin-Didot Cannes, Paris A New Mood, Vogue 1986.

High Fashion in Moscow! Taking it by storm! The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography presents the first Russian exhibition of the internationally acclaimed fashion photographer Denis Piel, featuring around fifty iconic photographs that have been taken for the leading fashion magazines in the USA and Europe: Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair.
Daniel Piel: “With my photos, I really want to do is tell a story. I want to set up a mise-en-scène…A film still! What I’m always attempting to achieve with the essential emotion and the suspense and question of what is happening what happened or what will happen.” His approach is cinematic, which adds unusual mystery to the glamorous fashion shot, thereby expanding the boundaries of the genre.
Denis Piel’s camera captured models who in the 1980s – the climax of Piel’s career – became real stars of the time. These include: Brooke Shields, Christy Turlington, Rachel Williams, Lara Naszinsky, Nancy Donahue, Gia Carangi, Kelly Le Brock, Joan Severance, Joanna Pacula, and many more. Piel’s woman is particularly sensual and emotional, often captured on film at a private, intimate moment. This makes her more real and attractive. However, Denis Piel has always been more interested in models who were or could become actresses at the fashion shoot, and did not just follow the photographer’s instructions. Exhibition will also feature sessions with Uma Thurman, Andie MacDowell, Goldie Hawn, Nastassja Kinski, Charlotte Rampling, Jamie Lee Curtis and many others. The series with a 16-year-old Uma Thurman is remarkable by the fact that it happened to be the first professional photo shoot of the young actress.

Legendary Condé Nast Editor Alexander Liberman - who gave the photographer his first exclusive, pointed out: “Denis Piel is one of the great photographers working today... He has bought to fashion photography an extraordinary fresh eye and has been able to translate the life of the modern woman as no other photographer has been able to do before”.

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