Mert and Marcus Pictures for W Magazine

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We’ve seen so many ads over the years and I still can’t put my finger on the exact moment when the lack of expression has become an artistic expression above them all.

These beautiful, colored pictures with young gorgeous women (for the sake of that reality byte, I won’t call them models. They “model” so much in this photo shoot that calling them by that name is pleonastic) and yet so inexpressive.

Kate Moss by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine March 2008
Kate Moss Picture by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine March 2008

I miss a little controversy, I miss a little glimpse, something I can hang on to and develop into an article. Instead I’m bound with Suvi Koponen, Meghan Collison, Kate Moss, Guinevere Van Seenus, Daria Werbowy, Du Juan, Lara Stone, Angela Lindvall, Devon Aoki, Eva Herzigova, Isabeli Fontana, Shannan Click, Amber Valletta, Missy Rayder, Raquel Zimmermann as if they were mere words on paper.

Mert and Marcus W Magazine
Mert and Marcus W Magazine 2008

It’s like someone’s having all these beautiful women locked down in a motel for exploitation purposes only and in full consciousness asking them to pose nicely or attractively. It would come up with this result, I’m sure.

Mert and Marcus W Magazine Pictures
Mert and Marcus Pictures W Magazine

I was normally stunned by the work of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot, but this time they managed a questionable subject depicted of life and most of all – style.

Mert and Marcus W Magazine March 2008Mert and Marcus W Magazine Devon Aoki

I can even force myself to understand the trashyness of this photo shoot, but I can hardly see why some of the girls had to put up with those horrific shoes since they were lying on the back in total abandon of themselves.

Mert and Marcus Pictures W Magazine March 2008
Mert and Marcus W Magazine March

However, all this reminds me of Madonna’s Hollywood that I posted at the end so you could see if I’m right.

Mert and Marcus Pictures W Magazine March 2008 Pictures
Mert and Marcus W Magazine Photo

But please don’t hold back and express yourself on this W photo shoot by Mert and Marcus. Don’t keep it all for yourself! Let everyone know what you stand for!

Mert and Marcus W Magazine Pictures
Mert and Marcus Pictures from W Magazine March 2008
Photographs Mert and Marcus for W Magazine
Photos by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine
Pictures by Mert and Marcus W Magazine

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#4 Emma Howard on 02.20.09 at 5:54 pm


Your comparisment with Madonna is very true. You should have a look at a Madonna photo session shot in 1994 by Bettina Rheims and you will know what I mean. You can find it on google.

#5 Adriana on 02.21.09 at 2:50 am

Long ago I’ve been to an exhibiton of Bettina Rheims photos in Amsterdam before she did the Madonna photoshoot. (A pity though the video has been removed.) Bettina has a kind of stylish form of voyeurism. This is gross. Plain gross. I begin to get sick of photoshoots like this. Sexism ala the zeros.

Kpriss have you seen shots from the new March W with Madonna yet? There’s a very racy photoshoot of Daisy Lowe and Peaches Geldof and another model. I’ve seen photos somewhere??

#6 kpriss on 02.21.09 at 9:39 am

Hey Emma, thanks for stopping by! Indeed the resemblance is more than striking! Thanks for bringing that into attention!

Adriana, I updated the article with Madonna’s W pictures, adding all the images I could find. You can find it here.

I also updated this article, replacing the no-more-available youtube with a good one ;)

#7 Adriana on 02.21.09 at 3:30 pm

Kpriss thank you. I don’t know what’s going on at YouTube lately they’ve so many video’s removed. On my channel my “greeting video” has been removed because “video is not appropiate for younger people or it takes to make place” or something like that. Four guys, Apocalyptica, with four cellos playing so beautiful Metallica’s Unforgiven!! Its still in my faves though……..???

The “gross” comment has more to do with the Lowe/Geldof shoot I’ve seen….but some of these photos come close. Its so tiresome to see my gender of late so often with the legs spread, crawling on the floor, lying ready to go, so to speak…pff…
Its not even a bit controversial, it doesn’t make me think or smile, it has nothing to say really than look how hot we are? Whatever……

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