Thursday 3 December, 2020

Models on the Move: The ‘godfather’ of black British photography, more

The 'godfather' of Black British photography Vanley Burke. (Photo: Andy Mabbett)

The 'godfather' of Black British photography Vanley Burke. (Photo: Andy Mabbett)

Jamaican Vanley Burke is a renowned British photographer and a living legend, who therefore needs little introduction.

But, for those who are not familiar with his work, the St Thomas-born image-maker is regarded as ‘the godfather of Black British photography’ with a career spanning half a century.

In 2008, BBC Radio lauded Burke’s work, calling it ‘the greatest photographic record of African Caribbean people in post-war Britain’.

Listen to Burke’s story here, as interviewed by Lauren Laverne.

More recently, on Wednesday, The Journal via fashion retail site Mr Porter interviewed Burke and highlighted his 10 favourite images to date.

In chronological order, starting from the late ’60s, viewers get a peek into Burke’s photography style — the story behind each image, the varying moods, and their relevance and currency in today’s society.

America’s first fashion magazine’s first black female editor has C’bean roots

Ethiopian model Liya Kebede on the cover of the November issue of Harper's Bazaar. (Photo: Christopher Anderson)

When she made headlines as the first black editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar in June, we knew Samira Nasr was one to watch, and she was as eager to show and prove.

Nasr, who is of Trinidadian and Lebanese descent, took office on July 6, and, fast forward four months later, has provided her first-ever cover as EIC for the November ’20 issue.

The zine fronts a vivid image of model Liya Kebede — a long-time friend of Nasr’s — who’s on the cover for the first time as well. 

The cover was reportedly introduced as a tribute ‘to ‘firsts’ — and the freedoms and binds that come with breaking new ground’.

But, Nasr shared this note with her Instagram followers:

At home with Harper's Bazaar US EIC Samira Nasr.

Here is my first cover as EIC of @harpersbazaarus. This cover of my dear friend @liyakebede represents a new beginning for me and my incredible team. The theme of the issue is FIRSTS. I cannot wait to share more from the issue in the coming days.

She then thanked the team that created the supporting images in the credits below the caption. 

According to reports, Harper’s cover muse Liya Kebede and Nasr met on set 20 years ago when Nasr was a fashion writer and has never been on the cover until this issue, shot by Christopher Anderson in Paris.

Tami for Matteau

Williams in a photograph by Alexandra Nataf.

French fashion brand Matteau presented their Resort ’21 collection for their e-commerce network and their muse was none other than Saint International model Tami Williams.

Matteau, a portmanteau of ‘matt’ (not shiny) and ‘eau’, the French word for water, is a swim and resort wear brand for ‘the discerning woman’.

The catalogue, photographed by Alexandra Nataf, was styled by Matteau co-founder Ilona Hamer, with hair and make-up by NY-based Japanese hairstylist Takayoshi Tsukisawa, and make-up artist Emi Kaneko.

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