May 9, 2021

Mert and Marcus Reflect on Their 20-Year Career With First Retrospective Book

Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott are scrolling back to the start. The professional duo and former romantic partners — who have lensed some of the most famous actors, musicians and models over the past 20 years — are reflecting on their joint career with a forthcoming Taschen tome. Simply titled “Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott,” the pair’s first-ever retrospective book puts forth more than 300 of their favorite photographs, many of which feature nudes.
“Nude photography is the composition of human form and desire,” Alas says. “I’m not interested in the body as a sculpture or bare skin as flesh. It’s a combination of bravery and precision, the power of the human body.”
Among those who fully exposed the powers of their own bodies are Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Kim Kardashian, Kristen McMenamy, Stephanie Seymour and Lara Stone, whose image is the second to appear in the book. In it, she stands on a wooden platform, tied to either side and wearing nothing more than a rope twisted to outline her ribs, breasts and private parts. This sort of dark, haunting and erotic imagery — which Charlotte Cotton identifies as “gothic sensibility” in the foreword — is common throughout.
“To be honest, we did

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