2 posts tagged "Autumn de Wilde"
As a celebrated portraitist, photographer Autumn de Wilde has been focusing her lens on indie musicians—Elliott Smith, the White Stripes, and Death Cab for Cutie, among them—for years. She’s been photographing her friend Beck Hansen for a full 17, creating a body of work that’s become the new book BECK. Both were on hand yesterday at L.A.’s Bookmarc to sign copies.
“She was just there taking photos for years at a time when no one else around was taking them,” Hansen explained; the two first met at 1995′s Lollapalooza festival. “Stuff was happening, we were touring, making albums and nobody was ever documenting anything. She was the first person to come along.”
“And then as our relationship grew, we would start doing full portrait sessions,” de Wilde added. She eventually went on to photograph covers for his albums, including 2002′s Sea Change, his favorite of their collaborations. “That was really the first time we sat down to do a photo. Before that she was just coming over to hang out,” Beck said, with de Wilde calling it their first official photo shoot.
The book consists of 170 shots, including intimate portraits, captured moments from select performances, and even images documenting the recording of Beck’s 1998 album Mutations. “We were documenting that time period in portraiture and sometimes I was just purely following,” de Wilde said. “Our relationship has shifted a lot; I either disappear or I take charge.”
Danish designer Peter Jensen often looks to Hollywood, whether in the form of Shelley Duvall (the unlikely muse of his Spring 2011 collection) or nouvelle vague heroine Anna Karina (the divining spirit behind his Fall offering). So maybe it’s only a matter of time before Jensen actually got to the city in question. That’s where he went for his new lookbook. Instead of shooting models swanning against white walls, he imagined them as actors in a film; the final lookbook is a caught-on-location glimpse at that unmade flick. Doing the shooting honors is L.A.-based photographer and videographer Autumn de Wilde, who has an impressive resume in Tinseltown and elsewhere. In addition to shooting fashion editorials, entertainment features, and more than a few album covers (including ones for Beck, Elliott Smith, and the White Stripes), she’s lensed music videos for Spoon and Jenny Lewis. Who, come to think of it, would look pretty great in Jensen’s cutesy-cool wares.