»Angels and Icons« is a comprehensive solo show of Russell James. The main part of the exhibition contains new works that were created from 2016 to 2018. Most of them are shown for the first time worldwide. Russell James has developed a different view on nude photography; his way of work distinguishes him from other photographers in this field who are focused on traditional methods. By doing so, Russell James has a major influence on contemporary nude and fashion photography. The defining characteristics are neither defined by the male view on the nude nor
the impact of the nude in commercial messages. Instead, in Russell James’ works, the portrayed supermodels are looking at themselves, they stage themselves, and they present their individual personalities. They are staging themselves based on their own visual concepts, that are then realized with Russell James. Since the photographs are exclusively created for the »Angels« series, they were not taken for commercial reasons based on a consignment. Consequently, the works are considered as a contemporary testimony of transition of nude photography in which the supermodels are questioning their own identity.
Russell James (*1962 in Perth) ranks among the world’s most prestigious contemporary portrait and nude photographers. His works are regularly published in magazines such as »Vogue«, »W«, »American Photo«, or »GQ«. Today, Russell James is working together with the most beautiful and most famous supermodels of our time. For many years he has been the official photographer for Victoria’s Secret. His unique aesthetics also reflects the cultural roots of his origins. The incredible landscapes and lighting conditions in Australia, but also in Cuba or the Bahamas have influenced Russell James’ works and give them an incomparable visual language. The artist is also well-known for his art project entitled »Nomad Two Worlds« – a series, that is inspired by the global consequences of the clash of cultures in Australia. Moreover, »Nomad Two Worlds« is an artistic result of the history of Australia and its political narrative that has become a worldwide blueprint for reconciliation. Since 2009, and with supporters such as Donna Karan, Hugh Jackman and the Australian government, »Nomad Two Worlds« has been presented in Berlin – in cooperation with CAMERA WORK – and at the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia, amongst others. Russell James lives and works in New York City.
CAMERA WORK was founded in 1997 in Berlin, and has since then become one of the worldwide leading galleries for photography. With its historically coined gallery name, the company has always followed the philosophy to represent, next to world famous classic photographers such as Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Patrick Demarchelier, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Man Ray and Herb Ritts, young and contemporary artists to manifest the position of photography as an independent genre within visual art and to give room to new positions. CAMERA WORK exclusively represents many prominent contemporary artists in Germany, Europe or around the world such as Tina Berning & Michelangelo Di Battista, Nick Brandt, David Drebin, Jean-Baptiste Huynh, Russell James, Robert Polidori, Eugenio Recuenco, Yoram Roth, Martin Schoeller, and Christian Tagliavini. CAMERA WORK regularly takes part in the major international photography and art fairs, such as Art Central Hong Kong, Zona Maco in Mexico City, Paris Photo, and Photo London.
The, in 2001, founded CAMERA WORK AG owns one of the worldwide most extensive and high quality private photography collections with numerous vintage works of the most famous photographers of the 19th century up to the present. Beyond the emphasis on fashion-, nude and portrait photography, CAMERA WORK also focuses on the genres architecture and still life.