It’s the dogs days of summer, so why not turn the heat up with hot-to-trot work by New York-based photographer Bruno Dayan. Feel the temperature rise as you feast your eyes on nude women, bearing lots of skin while getting frisky in simmering scenarios. Now, we’ve gotta warn you that most of these photographs are NSFW, but if you do decide to check them out and get caught, simply remind the boss, that you’re doing it for the love of art!
Although some of you may recognize his photography from magazines like Vanity Fair, Vogue and V, it’s the backstory of Bruno Dayan that makes his work so compelling. During his early childhood, and before he could even read, comic book photos were of fascinating interest. Like most children, (if they find, they’ll play with it) Dayan translated each image to make up his own adventurous stories. Amassing quite the mental collection of pictorial and cinematographic references throughout the decades, Dayan now creates his own fairytales with imagery that he designs. Through his photography, he wants to evoke the same sense of wonderment, fear, and anxiety that he experienced growing up. Now from our perspective, influencing the imagination of a mind that young is not such a bad idea.
While studying both Fine Arts and Cinema in Montreal, Dayan attended classes on art history and film on the same day. In the evening, he would spend hours in the Cinemathèque editing room and would watch hours of films by Orson Welles and Stan Brakhage. Reviewing his favorite scenes over and over again, Dayan mentally cataloged the most memorable moments which he now uses for referential inspiration. When asked what he loves about his job, Dayan responds with “I love working on aesthetically beautiful photos. The entire process, from finding which props to use, to deciding on the set and locating the perfect model(s) is what drives me most. It’s always a surprise when the image comes out exactly the way I envisioned. My work is just the by-product of my dreaming.”
It’s difficult to categorize Bruno Dayan as just a fashion photographer. Although his distinctive style makes him the darling of luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Yves St Laurent, Dior, Moschino, and Celine, it’s when you look beyond the all too often cliched hallmarks of high-end fashion advertising, and something special is revealed. Remove the corporate branding, and instantly, his version of the story comes into clear focus as a multi-layered erotic fairy tale. By mixing fashion’s gratuitous glamour, with his ethereal simplicity, and then, masterfully infusing it with intricate layers of cinematic lighting, Bruno Dayan’s photography moves away from fashion and toward the realm of Fine Art Photography.
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