FORMENTO+FORMENTO

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Partners both in work and in life, BJ and Richeille Formento have collaborated since 2009. After studying fine arts at the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, BJ began his career in New York after assisting major photographers such as Richard Avedon, Mary Ellen Mark, and Annie Leibovitz. Richeille, who studied at the prestigious Central Saint Martin's College of Art worked until 2005 in the fashion industry as an artistic director and designer for top brands as well as independent labels. After three years living together, they decided to combine their talents. Their famous portraits of women, at the crossroads between fashion and visual creation, have already toured the globe. They continue to garner huge success, through their publication in such renowned and prestigious media as Wolf Magazine, Aesthetica or Vogue Italy, the magazine responsible for organising the New Exposure competition in which they finished finalists in 2012. The artistic duo was thus immediately propelled into the world of fashion, holding multiple international exhibitions in Paris, London, Berlin, Stuttgart, and Düsseldorf, as well as New York.  ... See more See less

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Since 2009, BJ and Richeille Formento have combined their talents under the name Formento+Formento, and started travelling across the United States to produce a major photographic series, dedicated to the representation of the fall of the American woman.The portraits of women they created on their travels reveal their vulnerability and poverty, linked to the subprimes crisis in the United States that sparked the financial crisis from 2007 to 2011. Anonymous or professional models, these women relate their despair at having lost everything. Their attitudes and troubled gazes reveal their distress and uncertainty regarding the future. Formento+Formento show how they have managed to stay youthful, glamorous, and desirable in spite of this. Both provocative and melancholic, these feminine figures are staged in sophisticated narrative compositions, inspired by the world of fashion and the cinema of the 1950s and '60s. These evocative images nonetheless allow a lot of room for the spectator's imagination.

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<div class='question'>Why photography ?</div><div class='answer'>It is because I am not good at anything else! I can’t paint,I can’t draw and my singing career is not taking off. Kidding aside, My father was a amateur photographer and took many self...

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02 July 2014

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