Super-snapper and near-recluse Steven Meisel has some heavy previous
when it comes to provocative stories. So his latest excursion into
dangerous territory, snapping strangely normal-sized women for Vogue
Italia, prompts us to dust down our archives.
Please post your own favourites, but the Top 5 Meisel stories that
raised our temperature are, in a deeply considered order arrived at by
scratching our heads, the following:
1 Madonna’s Sex Book, 1992. Enough to put you off Madonna and sex, so definitely his greatest service to global issues. Out of print, but you can pick up a first printing for around $200 in its sealed sleeve.
2 The Vogue Italia shoot with models enjoying plastic surgery, 2007. Funny or sick?
3 The Vogue Italia shoot that was seen as inspired by swine-flu, 2009. Appeal, may depend on if you caught it or not.
4 A fantastic superficial glitzy response to the Deepwater oil spill, Water and Oil, Vogue Italia 2010
5. “State of Emergency”, Vogue Italia 2006. A comment on post 9/11 loss of civil liberties. Failed to sell the attractions of Airport Security uniforms.
Four out of five are joint credits with Franca Sozzani, SM’s patron at Vogue Italia for 20 years and still there for the story on weirdly normal women in the current issue. Never mind Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington (the duo whose sparring lit up the documentary on American Vogue, The September Issue), it is the Sozzani-Meisel story that is the creative relationship we really want to get behind.