Rebecca magnoliaAbout this photograph
Since 2009, Formento-Formento have been producing a major photographic series representing the degradation of American women. In these portraits the fragility and increasing poverty of women are shown, owing to the subprimes scandal that sparked the US financial crisis of 2007. They are endowed with a great flair for composition and lighting, a skill that might recall the art of Vermeer or Hopper. Like these artists, they treat subjects as fundamental as the passage of time, or solitude. In so doing, they traverse various periods in time as though to better return to the immediate present.Read more Read less
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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.