Vanity Fair began 2017 with stunning back-lot portraits of one of the world’s biggest movie stars, Jennifer Lawrence, and somehow managed to go up from there. From the Hollywood Portfolio to the on-set shoot with the Star Wars: The Last Jedi cast to the cover story on future princess Meghan Markle, it was another year of Vanity Fair-provided unparalleled access to the people that fascinate us the most. Ahead, a look back at Vanity Fair’s eventful 2017, in photographs.
Starting with night clubs and ending up with Playboy Ukraine’s magazine, this isn’t just luck, but it is when hard work pays off and Tina Sokolovskaya surely has her way with it. This Ukraine based photographer now works with celebrities, famous artists, and singers all over the globe.
“By the way, my famous pic “On the Wave” was made in Dubai. This was an “accidental” shot. It was a usual commercial shooting for our client from Latvia, we were on the beach, and thought to shoot some interesting. Nearby there was a bridge, and I said: “Let me try to take a picture of you from above!” The sea was just a little restless, there was a wave, and this shot turned out. In fact, all the best is the result of the right moment.”
Fashionista Behind The Camera | Tina Sokolovskaya
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Bob Carlos Clarke was born in Cork, Ireland in 1950. He moved to England to study art and design at The West Sussex College of Art where he developed an interest in photography. He then went on to The London College of Printing, before completing his degree at the Royal College of Art in 1975.
He worked in almost every sphere of photography, winning numerous awards for his high-profile advertising campaigns, recognition for his photojournalism and portraits of celebrities, and international acclaim from collectors of fine prints.
Bob Carlos Clarke produced six books: The Illustrated Delta of Venus (1979), Obsession (1981), The Dark Summer (1985), White Heat (1990), Shooting Sex (2002), and Love Dolls Never Die (2004).
He died in 2006. His works are now highly collectable and have been acquired by national art galleries including the National Portrait Gallery (UK), National Media Museum for the National Photography Collection (UK), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum (USA), and Crawford Art Gallery (Ireland).
The first major London exhibition in 30 years of portraits by renowned photographer Yousuf Karsh (1908 – 2002) will go on display at Beetles + Huxley. The exhibition will include signed lifetime prints of twentieth century sitters from the realms of politics, film, royalty and art including Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keefe, Joan Miró, Audrey Hepburn, Albert Einstein, Fidel Castro and Martin Luther King.
‘What would you do if you weren’t afraid?’ Celebrated photographer Platon successfully crossed the Atlantic to conquer New York, where he’s developed a reputation for his striking portraits of the world’s most powerful and influential figures. It’s not easy to photograph powerful politicians and heads of state.
The Smiles Behind The Style
In conversation with Lorenzo Agius and Cheryl Newman
As an enduring creative partnership, the dream team of Canon Ambassador Lorenzo Agius and his longtime photo editor Cheryl Newman is highly impressive. In a special interview we look at the duo’s success and examine just a few of the iconic images created from over 200 photoshoots, including the Trainspotting film series of portraits that put Lorenzo on the map.
Back in 1994 Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black president, pop group D:Ream released ‘Things can only get better’ and a young Cheryl Newman met a young Lorenzo Agius. Cheryl was starting her career working for the film title Premiere and Lorenzo had just arrived from rural Norfolk to London to seek success as a photographer. They collided and exploded onto the creative industry with crazy new ideas and a hunger for work and a determination to push the boundaries. It is a rare thing that creative partnerships like this last such a long time so we asked Cheryl to reminisce a little with Lorenzo and tell us how it all began…