Victorias Secret by Russell James
Russell James Angels – Victorias Secret’s famous Angels – including Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo and Lily Aldridge – have been captured wearing even less than they do on the brand’s sparkly catwalk, for a new book by photographer Russell James.
“Over the past two decades I have had the good fortune to photograph many of the world’s most beautiful women, most of whom I met while working for Victoria’s Secret,” James revealed. “Ever since man began to etch, paint, or sculpt we seem to have been fascinated by the beauty of the human form. Simply shooting a nude photograph is easy. However, accepting the trust of a woman to be at her most vulnerable, and delivering in return a tasteful photograph that she herself can admire is extremely difficult. Women are inarguably the most compelling, complex, and wonderful beings in the universe who will not be defined by any one-dimensional view – especially mine. To the amazing women who have entrusted me to photograph you these past years, I say, ‘thank you.’ It has been, and continues to be, a wonderful privilege.”
Russell James’s photographs of the female form have become iconic representations of beauty and sensuality that are unparalleled in popular culture. The list of his subjects includes many of the world’s most beautiful woman, such as headline names Gisele Bündchen, Adriana Lima, Rihanna, and Alessandra Ambrosio, to name a few. This ample volume offers an unprecedented and personal view into James’s most intimate portrait sittings. Of the highest taste, James’s photographs always capture the individual and beguiling qualities of each of these breathtaking women, many of whom he met during his fifteen years of photographing for Victoria’s Secret. Through his personal approach, James makes the connection between playfulness and sensuality, while his innovative compositions and technically perfect photography maintain the highest artistic outcome. Readers will be taken on a voyeuristic journey into a world of subtle provocation.
Russell James is defined by his fine-art photography series and his works have been exhibited in leading galleries around the world. His limited editions are highly sought after by many of the world’s most prominent collectors.His images have become synonymous with provocative, unique perspectives of many of the most prominent people of our time in the worlds of entertainment, fashion and beauty. His works have appeared in leading publications such as Vogue, W, American Photo and French Photo, Marie Claire, GQ, and Sports Illustrated, a vast array of international journals, and ten fine art books and five solo books.