Argentum by Guido Argentini

Paints and oils accentuate the human form and give curves an added intensity. Guido Argentini uses this to great effect. Below in the books suggestions is Silvereye, the first of his books which give a reflection of the artist’s great personal passion for sculpture and dance.

Using gymnasts & dancers Argentini was able to create very striking images of these glistening nudes. The results are intriguing and remind me of some of the Pirelli shoots.

Color and texture radically influence how we perceive shapes. While looking for an innovative approach on a 1995 Miami photo shoot, photographic master Guido Argentini was moved to coat a model in silver makeup. The result was as beautiful as it was intriguing– the subtly grayish tones highlighted angles and surfaces in a way that was other-worldly. Inspired by the results, Argentini created a whole series of silver-hued models. In so doing, he uncovered a fresh perspective for nude photography. Evoking the luminous polished planes of Brancusi and the verve of Degas’ ballet sketches, these photographs endow the human body with both the solidity of sculpture and the vivid energy of dance.

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