An Interview with Photographers Inez and Vinoodh About Abstraction, Context, and Their First Exhibition with Gagosian Gallery

Cedar Pasori
Jan 30, 2013 6:58PM
Kate Moss  (From the Kate Moss Portfolio published by Danziger Gallery), 2007
Danziger Gallery

Inez and Vinoodh are my favorite fashion photographers, so interviewing them—albeit briefly—about their first exhibition with Gagosian Gallery (running until March 9, 2013) was a dream. Since they met and joined forces in art school during the late '80s, they've been commissioned by every major magazine and luxury brand under the sun. A key factor of their success has been adopting methods of digital manipulation early, allowing them to maintain both commercial and fine art careers and innovate more rapidly than anyone else.

My favorite part of the interview is when they respond to my question about presenting photographs of flowers in Inez and Vinoodh. They said, "We are obsessed with flowers and various styles and methods of flower arranging. There are so many amazing photographs of flowers that have been made throughout history. Apart from the nod to form, color, and abstraction, we imagined that by stripping them to their essence, it is similar to how we photograph people. They are Portraits. Icons."

Read the interview here.

Cedar Pasori