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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)



Hannelore Knuts | Self Service “The Now” by Damien Neva
4 November 2010, 21:17
Filed under: Editorials, News | Tags: , , ,

The Ford Models Blog openly admits that its threshold to making mention of Hannelore Knuts is extremely low. In fact, just the other day she bought a quart of milk from the bodega around the corner, which we’ve been meaning to mention all week. Dairy tales aside, it is Ultramegalore‘s birthday today — gelukkige verjaardag! — and we would be remiss if Thursday’s solo blog entry was not devoted to her. Having already mentioned the milk, we are delighted to draw attention to the fine work of the cheeky (her surname misspelling wasn’t exactly a typo) folks over at Self Service for this clever short featuring Hannelore Knuts answering a selection of Proustian questions. Shot in late June of this year during the Ezra Petronio editorial shoot for Self Service Issue N°33 Fall / Winter 2010 Hannelore provides entertaining answers to a series of questions inspired by the questionnaire famously answered by Marcel Proust on at least two occasions in his life. We’ll be sure to catch up once again with Hannelore whether it’s for her next dry cleaning delivery, new editorial, or campaign. Don’t make no difference to the Ford Models Blog so long as it’s Hannelore!

Please visit Self Service blog to see Hannelore Knuts answer the below questions in full.

what is your favorite word?
what is your least favorite word?
what turns you on?
what turns you off?
what is your favorite curse word?
what sound or noise do you love?
what sound or noise do you hate?
what profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
what profession other than your own would you not like to attempt?
if heaven exists what would you like to hear god say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

Credits include: Publication, selfservicemagazine.com; Title, “The Now.”

Hannelore Knuts | Self Service The Now (Video still: c/o Self Service)

Hannelore Knuts | Self Service The Now (Video still: c/o Self Service)



Hannelore Knuts | Self Service Issue N°33 F/W 10 by Damien Neva
25 October 2010, 16:13
Filed under: Editorials, News | Tags: , , ,

Self Service Issue N°33 Fall / Winter 2010 is here. Yeah, the magazine that fancies itself a book and for good reason, it’s well heavy, demands thorough reading, and cries out to be judged by its richly embossed cover. No, that’s not actually stylist Joe McKenna on the cover, the cheeky bastards. The elegant volume is classed up a bit more with the inclusion of a solitary portrait of Ford’s Hannelore Knuts photographed by Ezra Petronio with styling by Sabrina Marshall. The iconic Belgian model appears in the middle of the story titled “The Obsessions” wearing Louis Vuitton black glasses with lace detailing and holding what appears to be a take-away coffee. The story was shot this summer in Paris and is all the more eye-catching for its unique deployment of Hannelore as counterpoint, which true to the dictates of show business has left the Ford Models Blog wanting more!

Credits include: Publication, Self Service Issue N°33 Fall / Winter 2010; Title, “The Obsessions”; Photography, Ezra Petronio; Styling, Sabrina Marshall; Hair, Marion Année; Makeup, Karim Rahman, makeup expert for L’Oreal Paris; Manicure, An Thuy; Photography assistants, Lydia Gorges, Joan Braun; Styling assistant, Eve Maeno; Production, Claire Thomson-Jonville; Casting, Alexandra Sandberg.

Hannelore Knuts | Self Service Issue N°33 F/W 10 (Photography: Ezra Petronio)

Hannelore Knuts | Self Service Issue N°33 F/W 10 (Photography: Ezra Petronio)



Ana Claudia | Self Service by Damien Neva
27 April 2010, 14:49
Filed under: Editorials, News | Tags: , , ,

MDC reports that Ana Claudia appears in a Self Service story by photographer Roger Deckker with styling by Marie Chaix. The Brazilian is given a 70s inspired beauty treatment befittingly captured by Deckker’s grainy black & white portraiture. Please visit MDC to see more pictures from this story.

Ana Claudia | Self Service (Photography: Roger Deckker)

Ana Claudia | Self Service (Photography: Roger Deckker)




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