Thursday, 17 March 2011


Everyday sights and everyday women can rarely be captured or isolated. It is even rarer to have these moments frozen in a frame of suffused sexuality and uninterrupted beauty, but Harri Peccinotti does just so. Famed Art Director of Flair, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Vogue and iconic 1960s magazine Nova, he has built such an extensive archive of revolutionary work it is indisputable that much inspiration owes a great debt to him.

Skin laced with sweat, lavishly soaked lips, robust lacquered nails and the occaisional erect nipple are the instruments of his imagination (who knew cucumber and ash could look so perfect?). Famous for his candid use of camera, before the wave of lens-toting individuals in search for an ounce of subtle vulgarity arrived to dissect and disintegrate the entirety of the female anatomy, Peccinotti was there before them all. Arguably, the totem to his instinctive mind's eye was the Pirelli pinup calendar with women lounging around Tunisia and then Californian girls soaked in the sun whilst telephoto shots unknowingly snapped them the following year. Images bathed in graphic close-ups flowed to the realms of eroticism to which many have intruded its territory, exploring deeper and deeper. But, we know who gave this aesthetic its foremost origin and sometimes, it is worth looking back at those more than memorable milestones.

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