Raphael Mazzucco, a world-known fashion photographer, presented his collection inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey at BAFTA’s headquarters London’s West End, with author E. L. James in attendance. Discover how the pulp novel of 21st century influenced the whole world.
The eagerly anticipated collection sees world-famous fashion photographer turned fine artist Raphael Mazzucco bring his unique interpretation to the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon. Four new limited-edition works have been created by Mazzucco featuring beautiful photography overlaid with elements of collage and iconic phrases from the books.
Each artwork is individually hand-signed by the artist and Fifty Shades of Grey author E. L. James, who was heavily involved in the collection’s development.
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As one of the world’s most influential fashion photographers, Mazzucco has created iconic images for some of the world’s best-known brands over his twenty-year career, including Ralph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret and Guess Jeans.
Deciding to swap the camera for canvas six years ago, Mazzucco’s arrival onto the art scene has been met with widespread critical acclaim. He is famed for his mixed media works which are strongly inspired by the female form and celebrate sophistication and sensuality, sharing common elements with the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.
A global sensation, James’ captivating works have been published in 52 countries and she has sold over 125 million books to date. Critically acclaimed artist Raphael Mazzucco said: “Fifty Shades of Grey is recognized as a worldwide cultural phenomenon and its influence is felt across the globe.
“My work very often includes an element of writing; often it’s words that come to me while I’m creating, sometimes song lyrics, sometimes poetry. It was therefore so natural to me to take the language of Fifty Shades of Grey and work that into these images. The process of translating the written word into a visual concept was incredibly enjoyable, and it’s so rewarding now to see the finished presentation.”
When asked about the collection E. L. James, author, said: “I am thrilled to be involved with this project and to be working with an artist as inspired and original as Raphael Mazzucco. He’s brought a tremendous passion and lust for life to his interpretation of Fifty Shades.”
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Published by Washington Green, the UK’s leading fine art publisher, in collaboration with Choice Fine Art and Clampett Studio Collections, each piece has been produced in an edition of 125 and costs £995.
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