Made in Marfa
Travel down to Marfa, TX for a behind-the-scenes look at Mario Sorrenti's blistering fashion portfolio "Field of Dreams."
Released on 1/25/2010
(eerie Western music)
[Dennis] There are many reasons
why Marfa, Texas was chosen.
First and foremost is the history of minimalism
and the artist Donald Judd.
This story, the locations, all came out of the editor,
in this case Camilla Nickerson's decision
to work with fashion that is quite minimal.
The clothes chosen here, they're drawn from collections
where that's part of the thematic approach of the design.
From the beginning, we were very clear about
how this location will be used.
That it was really about the girl in the landscape.
That she was gonna recall very iconic images
from the past but also the present.
They're not just simple landscape pictures.
The sky is overpowering there.
Even the intensity of the color of the sky
is really extraordinary.
But you can't separate that from the vast,
mostly flat terrain.
It's very easy to see why someone like Donald Judd
was attracted to this part of the world.
You get this repetitive, very vernacular architecture
which is very functional.
There isn't ornamentation.
It was more how the landscape was symblomatic
of the aesthetic, not only what we photograph,
but of Judd and his contemporaries.
One of the most important aspects in a shoot like this
is choice of model.
Raquel Zimmermann, she just knows how to make a picture
interesting when you have very little to work with.
She evokes this sort of free spirit,
but there's also a much more theatrical and almost urban
sensibility in the way the makeup was handled.
She has to be able to carry both of those things.
Raquel can kind of assume many different guises.
In many of these pictures, the composition is set
with a kind of distant horizon line
and a more neutral palette.
I think Mario was very successful in capturing
this sense of space.
He's a very classical photographer.
He's exquisitely aware of light and color and composition
and tools of an artist.
There's always this kind of tension
between the clothes and the accessories.
It's a testament to Camilla Nickerson
to play these two textures against each other.
The contrast, the disparities,
that's what makes for interesting photography
and why the pictures succeed.