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

Credits

Starring: Mario Sorrenti

Transcript

00:01
(eerie Western music)
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[Dennis] There are many reasons
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why Marfa, Texas was chosen.
00:20
First and foremost is the history of minimalism
00:24
and the artist Donald Judd.
00:26
This story, the locations, all came out of the editor,
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in this case Camilla Nickerson's decision
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to work with fashion that is quite minimal.
00:37
The clothes chosen here, they're drawn from collections
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where that's part of the thematic approach of the design.
00:44
From the beginning, we were very clear about
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how this location will be used.
00:49
That it was really about the girl in the landscape.
00:53
That she was gonna recall very iconic images
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from the past but also the present.
01:00
They're not just simple landscape pictures.
01:05
The sky is overpowering there.
01:07
Even the intensity of the color of the sky
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is really extraordinary.
01:13
But you can't separate that from the vast,
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mostly flat terrain.
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It's very easy to see why someone like Donald Judd
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was attracted to this part of the world.
01:25
You get this repetitive, very vernacular architecture
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which is very functional.
01:31
There isn't ornamentation.
01:34
It was more how the landscape was symblomatic
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of the aesthetic, not only what we photograph,
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but of Judd and his contemporaries.
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One of the most important aspects in a shoot like this
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is choice of model.
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Raquel Zimmermann, she just knows how to make a picture
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interesting when you have very little to work with.
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She evokes this sort of free spirit,
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but there's also a much more theatrical and almost urban
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sensibility in the way the makeup was handled.
02:12
She has to be able to carry both of those things.
02:15
Raquel can kind of assume many different guises.
02:19
In many of these pictures, the composition is set
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with a kind of distant horizon line
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and a more neutral palette.
02:28
I think Mario was very successful in capturing
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this sense of space.
02:33
He's a very classical photographer.
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He's exquisitely aware of light and color and composition
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and tools of an artist.
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There's always this kind of tension
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between the clothes and the accessories.
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It's a testament to Camilla Nickerson
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to play these two textures against each other.
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The contrast, the disparities,
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that's what makes for interesting photography
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and why the pictures succeed.