Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The September Issue - Vogue Documentary

Like most fashion photographers, I aspire to shoot for the top magazines.  Vogue is one of the oldest iconic fashion bibles in the whole world, and arguably the most prestigious.  Its roster of celebrity photographers are the world's most celebrated -- Annie Liebovitz, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Steven Meisel, Bruce Weber, Patrick Demarchelier, Mario Testino, David LaChapelle, Herb Ritts and Jeanloup Sieff, just to name a few.

Cover Photo: Mario Testino

R.J. Cutler's award-winning (Sundance-Cinematography Award) documentary "The September Issue" takes a behind-the-scenes look inside the mythical world of Vogue Magazine (US) as it prepares its highly anticipated September 2007 issue.

Vogue Editor and Chief Anna Wintour with Sienna Miller

Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington with filmmaker R.J. Cutler

The film gives us a rare glimpse on the day to day operations of the magazine --  from staff meetings to fashion shows, from conceptualizations to actual photo-shoots, from layout to final printing.  It also highlights the personalities of the people behind the scenes -- from Anna Wintour, Vogue's imperious Editor and Chief, to Grace Coddington, Vogue's unflappable Creative Director, and of course the designers and the photographers.

Here is selection of photos from the "Paris, Je T'aime" spread in the September 2007 issue, shot by Steven Meisel and styled by Grace Coddington:

I highly recommend this film to all aspiring fashion photographers and to anyone interested in the process and the creativity that goes into each issue of a world class fashion magazine.

U.S. Wide Theatrical Release - September 11, 2009.

For up to date info on the film, interviews + production notes go to:  http://www.arp.tv/production.html?production=septissue 

To buy tickets online for selected Theaters across the U.S. go to:  http://www.facebook.com/theseptemberissue?v=app_7146470109

These books on Vogue (fashion/portrait photography) are available in Amazon.com -- "Unseen Vogue: The Secret History of Fashion Photography," "People In Vogue: A Century of Portraits" and "On The Edge: Images From 100 Years of Vogue" :

--Photos from www.style.com/vogue. Trailer from www.YouTube.com

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