August 28 2014

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Backstage with JD


Model turned party and backstage fashion photographer JD Ferguson is known for capturing the sometimes stunning, sometimes hilarious, but always honest moments of fashion weeks around the globe. This Wednesday, the sharpshooter will head to Fashion Week Berlin to open his exhibition, JD Ferguson: Backstage Pass. Posted at MILA gallery and sponsored by V magazine (for whom he often shoots), the show features Ferguson’s candid images of catwalkers (like Lily Donaldson and Hanne Gaby Odiele) designers (Karl Lagerfeld) celebrities (Hilary Swank, Eva Mendes, Diane Kruger), and editors (he even got a shot of Anna Wintour almost smiling). “I hope the exhibition helps people see how fun backstage can be,” says Ferguson. “Yes, it’s definitely a lot of hard work and a grueling schedule, but there’s an energy that you can’t find anywhere else.” Some of Ferguson’s favorite images include a photo of Karl Lagerfeld and Lady Bunny (below), male models in wigs and makeup at a Galliano show, and a picture of Lily Donaldson “rushing to the runway” at Dolce & Gabbana (below). “I’d arrived late and didn’t get anything, and then suddenly I turned around and there was Lily, giving herself a once-over in the mirror. It ended up being the only image I got.”

Next up for Ferguson? His first book. But it’s not quite what one would expect from a member of the jet-setting fashion crew. “After five years straight of fashion, parties, and heavy travel, I’ve been on sabbatical in my hometown in the South, where I’ve fallen in love with photographing children,” he says. “Specifically, children who are a part of the adoptive process. It’s been very rewarding and a welcome break.”

JD Ferguson: Backstage Pass kicks off with a party on January 16 and will be open to the public from January 17 through February 23 at MILA Kunstgalerie, Linienstrasse 154, 10015 Berlin.

Photo: JD Ferguson

JD’s Picks: Caroline West


A weekly update on modeling’s freshest new faces, from photographer, man-about-town, and Twitpic’er JD Ferguson. This week: 5′ 11′ Caroline West. The 17-year-old basketball-playing Virginia native was in New York City on spring break when she attended an open call at Elite and was signed on the spot.

How did you get into modeling?

Through my neighbor. She wanted to become a makeup artist and she needed someone to make her book with. When she asked me, I wasn’t really sure about it, but I was going to give it a chance. I loved it.

Is this your first time in New York?

No, but it’s my first time walking around alone and figuring the subway out.

Favorite food?

Pizza with artichokes on it.

Favorite place?

Lake of the Ozarks, riding the waves on a Jet Ski.

Favorite piece of clothing?

I’m a jeans girl.

Favorite designer?

J Brand jeans.

What’s been your worst modeling moment so far?

A 15-hour shoot with no bathroom.

What’s been your best modeling moment?

Feeling famous shooting in Times Square.

So what do you want to be when you grow up?

I would love to become a big super-model.

Photo: Courtesy of JD Ferguson

JD’s Pics: Alina Hedenstrom


A weekly update on modeling’s freshest new faces, courtesy of photographer, man-about-town, and Twitpic’er JD Ferguson. First up: 5′ 9½” 18-year-old Swede Alina Hedenstrom, who’s spending her first summer in New York in advance of the Spring shows.

How did you get into modeling?

I was scouted on the street in Stockholm.

Favorite designer?

Anyone who dares to take a stand and go environmentally friendly, and to say no to materials that are a consequence of animal abuse. They’re brave and set good examples. Otherwise I’m not so well versed in all the fashion stuff yet.

What’s in your bag right now?

My camera, a map of Manhattan, my Metrocard, my Swedish cell phone, my American cell phone, sunglasses, and chewing gum.

Bike, subway, taxi, or foot?

Bike—it goes pretty fast, I’ll get exercise at the same time, and it’s environmentally friendly. If it’s a further distance, I’ll say subway; it’s more environmentally friendly than taking a taxi.

Favorite food?

Salmon, salmon, salmon.

If you were trapped on an island, who would you want to be with?

My friend Linnea. She is a Scout, so she would know how to survive.

What’s been your worst modeling moment so far?

The time when I did a job outside in the Swedish archipelago. I came back home with 45 mosquito bites.

So what do you want to be when you grow up?

I’m going to save the world!

Photo: JD Ferguson