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Ethan James | Polaroids April 2011 by Damien Neva
28 April 2011, 17:08
Filed under: Editorials, News | Tags: , ,

When I’m not busy using Chanel N°5 to ignite my charcoal stove or making Dior Couture curtains à la Von Trapp, then I can be found reveling in the exposure of Polaroid film by the case by my crack colleagues from Ford Men. At Ford no expense is spared when it comes to faithfully capturing its talent in the truest possible form, which of course is achieved by using analog instant film! So toss those digital-come-latelies in the dust bin because for the moment I’m talking about actual photography. The Polaroid honor today falls to Ford Men’s Ethan James, whose Polaroids previously clocked close to a hundred million billion reblogs on Tumblr last November. Photographed by Jesse Simon on the rooftop of 111 Fifth Avenue, Ethan is pictured sporting a smart new haircut that would even compel a young George Clooney to pursue a career in the actuarial sciences instead of acting. New look for spring, new outlook on life, whichever, Ethan James looks plain rich and has Polaroids to prove it.

Credits include: Publication, Ford Models Blog; Title, “Ethan James | Polaroids April 2011″; Photography, Jesse Simon.

Ethan James | Polaroids April 2011 (Photography: Jesse Simon)

Ethan James | Polaroids April 2011 (Photography: Jesse Simon)

Ethan James | Polaroids April 2011 (Photography: Jesse Simon)

Ethan James | Polaroids April 2011 (Photography: Jesse Simon)

Ethan James | Polaroids April 2011 (Photography: Jesse Simon)

Ethan James | Polaroids April 2011 (Photography: Jesse Simon)

Ethan James | Polaroids April 2011 (Photography: Jesse Simon)

Ethan James | Polaroids April 2011 (Photography: Jesse Simon)

Ethan James | Polaroids April 2011 (Photography: Jesse Simon)

Ethan James | Polaroids April 2011 (Photography: Jesse Simon)

Ethan James | Polaroids April 2011 (Photography: Jesse Simon)

Ethan James | Polaroids April 2011 (Photography: Jesse Simon)

Ethan James | Polaroids April 2011 (Photography: Jesse Simon)

Ethan James | Polaroids April 2011 (Photography: Jesse Simon)

Ethan James | Polaroids April 2011 (Photography: Jesse Simon)

Ethan James | Polaroids April 2011 (Photography: Jesse Simon)

Ethan James | Polaroids April 2011 (Photography: Jesse Simon)

Ethan James | Polaroids April 2011 (Photography: Jesse Simon)



Sasha Knezevic | The Last Magazine Spring 2011 by Damien Neva
11 April 2011, 06:43
Filed under: Editorials | Tags: , , ,

Much has been published concerning fashion’s First (or damn near close to first) Couple, Ford Men’s Sasha Knezevic and Anja Rubik (Next). The recently engaged couple have proven the obligatory romantic booking of late and along the way have collected honors amongst others that include the DKNY Woman S/S 11 fragrance campaign, a portrait in Vogue February 2011 by Patrick Demarchelier, and that Vogue Россия Февраль 2011 cover story by Alexi Lubomirski. With such marquee appearances, their relatively unheralded feature in The Last Magazine Spring 2011 was never likely to cause as many waves, though its symmetry (Sasha-Anja, Anja-Sasha) alone made for an inviting point of entry to the world of Sasha and his fiancée. The genuine intimacy of these Polaroids, taken by the couple of themselves, could not have been achieved by any other means no matter the A-list creatives dispatched to the scene. Credit of course goes to the brilliant minds at The Last Magazine for making this possible by giving the couple their own 15½” x 21″ (39.37 cm x 53.34 cm) inky page. And with that, the final word goes to Anja and Sasha…

I like to come here because it’s peaceful, because it is beautiful, because I have you to myself, and I can admire you fully. Here you seem closer to me and I feel all yours. I love your energy, your optimism, your tiger thighs that could break me in two.

I love you for who you are, because you bite your lower lip when you concentrate, because you are ambitious, because you can fulfill your dreams and pull me down to earth when I am too high in the clouds.

Credits include: The Last Magazine Issue #06, Spring 2011; Title, “Polaroids by Anja and Sasha”; Photography, Anja Rubik, Sasha Knezevic; Image source, The Last Magazine.

Anja & Sasha | The Last Magazine Spring 2011 (Photography: Sasha Knezevic & Anja Rubik)

Anja & Sasha | The Last Magazine Spring 2011 (Photography: Sasha Knezevic & Anja Rubik)



Sigrid Agren | Self Service N°34 Spring / Summer 2011 by Damien Neva

Digital and film do not compare. An image made on a digital system is not a photograph and an image made on film is a photograph. There’s got to be a point where people stop talking in a photographic vernacular about digital photography but I don’t think that means I have to go around calling myself something different…The two do not compare. — David Sims

Photographer David Sims articulates the difference between digital and film in the above quotation, which was taken from Self Service N°34 Spring / Summer 2011 from a conversation he had with editor in chief and creative director Ezra Petronio. Although both produce images, the digital and film processes couldn’t be more disparate. The latter is a chemical process, the former is not. Light particles refracted from a subject onto a plastic strip coated with an emulsion containing silver halide salts create a uniquely analogous image. This process is accelerated with Polaroid instant film through in situ development, which heightens an intimacy shared between the subject and the resultant photograph. As an object, a Polaroid retains a little bit of the subject’s aura not least by having been present at the moment of creation in a way that a digital copy simply never will. The blurred lines, the soft focus, the chance and imprecision of Polaroids also make the images intangibly richer — more artistic than autopsied.

The sympathies of Self Service on this subject could not be more pronounced than they are in the fifty-page Polaroid-only editorial by Ezra Petronio featuring Ford’s Sigrid Agren. This Polaroid story is a regular fixture of Self Service, which last issue featured Hannelore Knuts. The latest installment, however, appropriately titled “Polaroids by Ezra Petronio,” opens with Sigrid sporting flared-out hair by Didier Malige and wearing an oversize blue and white striped dress by Jil Sander. Sigrid goes on to command the next dozen pages, which include the below look comprised of a beige stretch turtleneck and beige jogging pants, both by Chloé, and clutch by Louis Vuitton. The color’s a bit off, the framing’s a bit crooked, but there is certainly more Sigrid present in these Polaroids than could ever be measured in megapixels.

Credits include: Publication, Self Service Issue N°34 Spring / Summer 2011; Title, “Polaroids by Ezra Petronio”; Photography, Ezra Petronio; Styling, Sabrina Marshall; Hair, Didier Malige at Bryan Bantry for Frédéric Fekkai; Makeup, Lucia Pica at Art Partner; Manicure, Edwige Llorent; Photography assistance, Lydia Gorges, Olivia Alfonso; Styling assistance, Anaïs Bouazzouni, Ray Tetauira; Hair assistance, Richard Blandwell at B4 Agency, Helen Bidart; Makeup assistance, Mayu Yamaji; Image source, Self Service.

Sigrid Agren | Self Service N°34 Spring / Summer 2011 (Photography: Ezra Petronio)

Sigrid Agren | Self Service N°34 Spring / Summer 2011 (Photography: Ezra Petronio)

Sigrid Agren | Self Service N°34 Spring / Summer 2011 (Photography: Ezra Petronio)

Sigrid Agren | Self Service N°34 Spring / Summer 2011 (Photography: Ezra Petronio)



Ethan James | Polaroids Nov. 2010 by Damien Neva

When the Ford Models Blog isn’t busy adding crushed moon rocks to fresh trays of Jonny Cat or mailing the Con Edison bill using its rare stamp collection, then it’s exposing Polaroid film by the case or, more accurately, watching its très professionnel colleagues from Ford Men shoot their boys using the instant film. Today’s Polaroid session, however doesn’t feature just any boy for any occasion, nay, it’s a well important shoot with Ethan James for whom crass digitals would just not do before he heads back to Paris to once again shoot Kris Van Assche‘s Dior Homme S/S 11 collection. Ethan will be shooting with photographer Sybille Walter for Madame Figaro. Ethan and Dior Homme are nearly synonymous ever since this summer when he opened the Dior Homme S/S 11 collection in Paris. Months later Ethan graced the cover of L’Officiel Hommes China Oct. 2010 once again wearing, you guessed it, Dior Homme.

Watch this page for more from Ford Men’s Ethan James.

Credits include: Publication, Ford Models Blog; Title, “Ethan James | Polaroids Nov. 2010”; Photography, Sam Doerfler; Trench coat, Timo Weiland.

Ethan James | Polaroids Nov. 2010 (Photography: Sam Doerfler)

Ethan James | Polaroids Nov. 2010 (Photography: Sam Doerfler)

Ethan James | Polaroids Nov. 2010 (Photography: Sam Doerfler)

Ethan James | Polaroids Nov. 2010 (Photography: Sam Doerfler)

Ethan James | Polaroids Nov. 2010 (Photography: Sam Doerfler)

Ethan James | Polaroids Nov. 2010 (Photography: Sam Doerfler)

Ethan James | Polaroids Nov. 2010 (Photography: Sam Doerfler)

Ethan James | Polaroids Nov. 2010 (Photography: Sam Doerfler)

Ethan James | Polaroids Nov. 2010 (Photography: Sam Doerfler)

Ethan James | Polaroids Nov. 2010 (Photography: Sam Doerfler)

Ethan James | Polaroids Nov. 2010 (Photography: Sam Doerfler)

Ethan James | Polaroids Nov. 2010 (Photography: Sam Doerfler)

Ethan James | Polaroids Nov. 2010 (Photography: Sam Doerfler)

Ethan James | Polaroids Nov. 2010 (Photography: Sam Doerfler)

Ethan James | Polaroids Nov. 2010 (Photography: Sam Doerfler)

Ethan James | Polaroids Nov. 2010 (Photography: Sam Doerfler)




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