A polite rebel: Manuela Pavesi

Manuela Pavesi is a gifted photographer, stylist, Fashion Director at Prada and a style star on her own. She began her career as fashion editor and stylist at Italian Vogue in the early ‘90s working with artists like Irving Penn, Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin. Inspired by them she pursued photography as a more fulfilling career capture on lens supermodels for Vogue, Elle US, Allure, i-D and  Purple fashion magazine. Nowdays she lands her unique mark in avant-garde publications like Grey, Tank and Zoo Magazine and also Vogue Japan, teaming with well-known stylists Anna Dello Russo and Elisa Nalin.  

As a fashion photographer Manuela Pavesi displays great portrait techniques, her pictures have an intriguing intimate quality. The model’s staring into the lens helps with that feeling. Vintage interiors or blooming backyards are the settings for Pavesi’s subtle rebellious artistic statement. Models mostly sit down or in a relaxed pose, sometimes barefooted, but the air is lively, filled with their emotions. The atmosphere is unrestrained, melancholic or playful but always with a defiant, inquisitive expression.

Manuela Pavesi, Tank Magazine spring/summer 2012
Matilde Solbiati by Manuela Pavesi for Tank Magazine spring/summer 2013
Caterina Ravaglia by Manuela Pavesi for Tank Magazine fall/winter 2012
Caterina Ravaglia by Manuela Pavesi for Tank Magazine f/w 2012
Bianca Balti by Manuela Pavesi for Grey Magazine f/w 2012
Bianca Balti by Manuela Pavesi for Grey Magazine fall/winter 2012
Caterina Ravaglia by Manuela Pavesi for Grey Magazine spring/summer 2012
Caterina Ravaglia by Manuela Pavesi for Grey Magazine s/s 2012
Bambi Northwood Blyth by Manuela Pavesi for Vogue Japan octobre 2012
Chiharu Okunugi by Manuela Pavesi for Vogue Japan april 2013
Leah De Wavrin by Manuela Pavesi for Vogue Japan september 2011

You will understand more about Pavesi’s work with a quote from the photographer’s interview featured in Self Service magazine Spring/Summer 2012 issue: “I don’t like riches that aren’t accompanied by thought, and I don’t like bourgeoisie if it becomes narrow-minded and uncultured. I like mystery; I don’t like affection. All those things that come from it don’t interest me. People feel safe in affection. And I’m always looking for, and intrigued by, content. I love the unconventional and I’m always looking for it.”

Hannelore Knuts by Manuela Pavesi in Vogue Japan, May 2012
Hollie May Saker by Manuela Pavesi in Zoo Magazine, fall/winter 2012
Hollie May Saker by Manuela Pavesi in Zoo Magazine, F/W  2012
Ciara Nugent by Manuela Pavesi in Elle US, september 2000
Bruna Tenorio by Manuela Pavesi, Vogue Japan 2007
Toni Garn by Manuela Pavesi, Elle US 2007
Jenny Vatheuer by Manuela Pavesi, Elle US 2000
Bianca Balti by Manuela Pavesi, Grey Magazine fall/winter 2012

images source: various tumblrs

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