Wednesday, February 7, 2018

02 Paintings, of The amorous game, Part 6 - With Footnotes

Michel Comte, B. 1954
HELENA CHRISTENSEN,  c. 1995 
Silver print
70.5 by 70.1 cm.; 27 ½  by 27 ½ in. 
Private collection

Helena Christensen (born 25 December 1968) is a Danish fashion model and photographer. She is a former Victoria's Secret Angel and beauty queen. Christensen has also served as creative director for Nylon magazine, designed clothing, and supported funding for breast cancer organizations and other charities.

Helena was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, as the eldest of two daughters of a Danish father and a Peruvian mother. Winning the Miss Universe Denmark crown in 1986, she subsequently represented Denmark in the Miss Universe 1986 pageant. The following year, she participated in the Look of the Year 1987 competition, where she was a finalist. Christensen left her home soon afterwards to pursue modeling in Paris. More on Helena Christensen

Michel Comte (born February 19, 1954 in Zürich, Switzerland) is a filmmaker and a fashion, portrait photographer. He is regarded as one of the most important photographers in the industry. He directed and produced The Girl from Nagasaki, his first feature film in 3D, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2014.

Comte was born in Zürich, Switzerland. He studied in England and in France, then started his career in contemporary art restoration, specializing in the works of Andy Warhol and Yves Klein. Comte was interested in photography and when moving to Paris in 1979, he was discovered by Karl Lagerfeld, who gave him first international assignment. Comte then started working for such publications as Vogue US, Vogue Italia, Per Lui, Vanity Fair, and fashion houses such as Emanuel Ungaro, Chanel, Giorgio Armani and so on.

Comte produced many iconic portraits. More on Michel Comte

Antoine Verglas, b. 1962
ANGELINA JOLIE I, 2000 
Silver print
35.5 by 28 cm., 11 by 14 in.
Private collection


Angelina Jolie (born Angelina Jolie Voight, June 4, 1975) is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and has been cited as Hollywood's highest-paid actress. Jolie made her screen debut as a child alongside her father, Jon Voight, in Lookin' to Get Out (1982). Her film career began in earnest a decade later with the low-budget production Cyborg 2 (1993), followed by her first leading role in a major film, Hackers (1995).

In addition to her film career, Jolie is noted for her humanitarian efforts, for which she has received a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and an honorary damehood of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG), among other honors. She promotes various causes, including conservation, education, and women's rights, and is most noted for her advocacy on behalf of refugees as a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). More on Angelina Jolie



Antoine Verglas (born in Paris, 1962) is a New York City based photographer who obtained popular acclaim for his uninhibited documentary-style fashion photographs of 1990s supermodels such as Claudia Schiffer and Stephanie Seymour.

 Verglas was born and raised in Paris where he attended E.S.C School of Business and, on occasion, worked as a model for TV commercials. That is how he got his start hosting a TV show Cinq sur Cinq [Five on Five] for teenagers, presenting video clips, movie trailers and interviewing celebrities. Antoine started taking photographs of his college girlfriend, Ford model Catherine Ahnell and in 1990 moved to New York City to become a photographer.

In the 1990s Antoine Verglas introduced a new style of fashion photography when he captured models in a series of intimate, documentary style photographs that ran in several international editions of Elle magazine. Prior to that fashion editorials were highly poised. Antoine Verglas' photographs were more candid and uninhibited, with natural light. This intimate style of capturing a personality has become known as the “Verglas Signature.” More on Antoine Verglas






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