Born: New York City, NY
“Now I love the act of creating a new image. When everything comes together, it feels like ecstasy. It’s like a climax.”
– Mario Sorrenti
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Mario Sorrenti exploded on to the fashion scene in the 1990s, largely due to his sexually charged editorial work, published in American and Italian Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
The photographer told Interview “I’m pretty open. I’m not afraid of men. I’m not afraid of women. I’m not afraid of sex and sexuality. It’s part of me, and it comes out in the photograph. It’s as if at that moment when I’m taking pictures, I’m not a man and I’m not a woman. If I see a moment that seems true to me, that seems honest, whether it’s female or male, it’s part of me as well.”
Sorrenti cemented his place at the top of the industry by shooting Kate Moss in Calvin Klein ’s iconic Obsession campaign. In 2012 alone, Sorrenti shot for Vanity Fair, Vogue Hommes, W, The New York Times T, W, Self Service and the French, Italian and Japanese editions of Vogue. Unsurprisingly, Sorrenti’s commercial work is equally popular. His advertising clients include Chanel, Hugo Boss , Max Mara, Kenzo and Barneys New York .
In 2011, Sorrenti published Draw Blood for Proof, a one-to-one reproduction of an exhibition he put on in 2004. “The work comes out of the first 10 years of my photographic career — probably the most intensely creative time I’ve had,” he told Interview magazine. “I was shooting Polaroids all the time, I was creating diaries, I was painting, I was drawing. My work was my life, and my life was my work, and there was a kind of blur between reality and what was being created.” The powerful, unusual and often raw imagery perfectly encapsulates the photographer’s unique ability and aesthetic.