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Top 5 – Still Life

  • Inspiration
  • 26/11/16

We put together a list of 5 photographers that approach the subject of Still Life in completely new ways

Top 5 – Still Life

Ori Gersht – On Reflection

The underlying concept of Gersht’s work is opposits:
Attraction and repulsion, peace and terror, photographic image and objective reality – all revealing an uneasy beauty in destruction. In this case, On Reflection examines how painting and photography represent reality.

Gersht works with three of Jan Brueghel the Elder’s floral paintings from 1606. The important elements being a mirror, electrical charges and two large format digital cameras that capture the event, focusing on two different optical planes; one on the glass surface of the mirror and the other focusing three metres away on the vase of flowers reflected in the mirror. The image in the mirror (the illusion) is the part that is exploding, which is a continuing conversation from his earlier work in 2007, Blow UP, where the object itself was photographed as it shattered.


Dan Tobin Smith’s – Alphabetical

Dan Tobin Smith’s Alphabetical began as a commission by Creative Review Magazine for the front cover of their annual. The project now includes 16 letters and makes use of anamorphosis; ‘a deformed image that appears in its true shape when viewed in some “unconventional” way’.

Dan plays with scale, colour, space, light and perspective, combining these elements to create the visual illusion of a flat letter when viewed from a certain angle. Each letter is different and incorporates a different visual idea. Some primarily conceived for film, some sculpture, but always made as a photograph.


Carl Kleiner – Postures

This unique series of photographs are compositions tulips, simple metal wire props and masterful lighting. Kleiner has created a flow, a sadness, overflowing emotion that suggests that each pose, in its skill and elegance, is somehow a sad premonition of an ending. Capturing the beauty, the stillness and contradictory movement. Frozen on black or grey backgrounds, these images contain an indefinable grace – they are stunning portraits of flowers.

Film maker Penny Tu creates a wonderful creative black and white behind-the-scenes of these masterful compositions.



Metz+Racine, aka Barbara Metz and Eve Racine (photography and styling) met in 2000 at London College of Communication. While Metz+Racine focus on still-life photography, they also make videos and have won several awards and accolades for direction in filmmaking, including being shortlisted for Major Brand at the Berlin Fashion Film Festival.

Metz and Racine are special. Their eye for detail, styling and light create playful, beautiful still-life images. They are represented by D&V worldwide they have a wide range of luxury, fashion, commercial and editorial clients.


Lorenzo Vitturi – Dalston Anatomy

Lorenzo Vitturi in his 2013 project ‘Dalston Anatomy’ documents Ridley Road Market in East London.

He lived in this area in East London for over seven years and wanted to document the space before it developed and changed but he documented this Ridley Road with a twist and is one of leading contemporary photographers, who has changed the direction of space documention. His background is in cinema set design. Arranging found objects that he collected, he photographed them as fantastic sculptures. Sometimes the objects were left to rot or deconstructed and rearranged. He used materials from Dalston market to photograph against, and fragments of market conversation to inform his work.

Lorenzo Vitturi said: Dalston Anatomy is a visual ode to Dalston, as a unique place where different cultures merge together in a celebration of life, diversity and unstoppable energy. I felt compelled to capture this place at its rawest and most beautiful with all its flaws and smells before it too is transformed and disappears altogether, as time moves ever forward.