Unfallen Angels | Anne Deniau

Unfallen Angels 2012 | Photograph 47,2 x 70,8 Inch

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This sharply contrasting black and white portrait is taken from the book Love Looks Not With the Eyes – Thirteen years with Lee Alexander McQueen (2012, published initially in New York then in four European editions).   The dramatic shot of models in the guise of angels comes from the runway show for McQueen’s autumn-winter 2009-2010 collection, ‘The Horn of Plenty’.  The two characters create a chromatic balance, between positive and negative, between life and death.

Anne Deniau is the only photographer to have been able to completely integrate herself into the world of the fashion designer Alexander McQueen.   Over a period of 13 years, between 1996 and 2010, the photographer built a collection of more than four hundred photographs, intimately capturing each of the designer’s 26 collections.   Since first working with McQueen in Tokyo, without a contract, Deniau swiftly gained his trust and there developed a close connection between photographer and fashion designer that went far beyond normal  ‘backstage’ or ‘behind the scenes’ fashion photography. 

Deniau’s work also includes photography of live performance (Nicholas Le Riche, 2008), of bullfighting (Mirame!, 2009), and more poetic photographs taken in empty spaces in the series Reflections and in the video 24 Hours In A Man’s Life (2011).

Anne Deniau has worked as a photographer and filmmaker since 1996. She is French and lives in Paris.  After training at the prestigious French engineering school, L’Ecole nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, she obtained a Masters degree in Photography from Central St Martins in London.  Her work is variously published in news, fashion and art media such as Vogue NY, BIG, ID, The Independent, Le Monde, Télérama, l’Officiel (Russie) and ELLE Japan.

The dyed duck feathers adorning the models create an effect ‘simultaneously melancholic and romantic’ (McQueen’s words), thus creating a sense of unity.  This shot is evocative of the double lead role in the Russian ballet Swan Lake, thereby merging Deniau’s passions for both photography and for the world of ballet and theatre.