Steven Meisel - Photographs London Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    British Vogue, March 2019, cover

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘This image is a portrait of one of the strongest, most inspiring, driven and uniquely talented humans I have been blessed to know.’

    Steven Meisel
    New York City, April 2019

    The March 2019 cover of British Vogue celebrates the power of creative collaboration between two legends of fashion – image-maker Steven Meisel and supermodel Naomi Campbell – who have defined key moments in our social history and visual culture for over 30 years. ‘When Naomi works with Meisel,’ describes Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue Edward Enninful, ‘she practically becomes a teenager again, shy and focused … They know each other so well that they don’t really need words.’ Here, through multiple exposure and deliberate blurring, Meisel has created a surreal composition. A master storyteller, he perfectly captures Naomi in all her majestic elegance as ‘a genuine icon’ in this enchanting three-sided portrait.

    For his homage to Naomi, Meisel takes us back to the very beginning of their relationship and gives us a rare glimpse into their friendship:

    This image is a portrait of one of the strongest, most inspiring, driven and uniquely talented humans I have been blessed to know. Naomi told me recently that we’ve been working together for over 25 years, which in itself seems incredible. I remember so well the first time I saw her face. It was in an issue of French Elle. She jumped out of the page with that smile, something so real. So I tore out the page and kept it. Soon after that I booked her for American Vogue. She turned up at the studio, it was the first time we met, hair back, shy, quiet and head-to-toe in black Azzedine. From that very first job together, she’s always given 100%, always on time, always professional however insane things got around us, and it’s been that way ever since. I love Naomi and above all, she’s a loyal and loving friend.

    Throughout his multi-decade career, Meisel has continued to cast his spell over our cultural consciousness, shooting inspiring covers for Vogue internationally since the 1980s, as well as creating visionary campaigns for such leading designers as Prada, Loewe, Valentino and Calvin Klein.



Naomi Campbell, New York City

Archival pigment print, flush-mounted.
Image: 193 x 147.3 cm (76 x 58 in.)
Frame: 198 x 152.3 cm (77 7/8 x 59 7/8 in.)

Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 1/1 on an artist label and a Certificate of Authenticity, both accompanying the work.

This work is number 1 from the edition of 1 and is unique in this size. This image has been printed and released for the first time for ULTIMATE.

£35,000 - 45,000 

Sold for £37,500

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London Auction 16 May 2019