Text: Natasha Stagg
“To me, V represents a great american popular culture and fashion magazine. It gives me the opportunity to really express myself without many boundaries as a photographer. It’s a magazine that I’ve been part of for many, many years and I have a lot of love and respect for the people that started it and run it.” –Mario Sorrenti
Mario Sorrenti’s precise, studied work looks a reader right in the eye, while conflating a dreamworld with real fashion. His editorials (and the campaigns for which he became famous, including Calvin Klein’s Obsession ads featuring a nude Kate Moss) are above all confident, making him, by many standards, the ultimate fashion photographer. Sorrenti’s Sexy Body cover story for V50, his glamorous Gwyneth Paltrow and Alicia Keys covers (V53 and V30), his unforgettable feature on female ice skaters styled by Karl Templer (V26), and his more recent shoot with Mel Ottenberg featuring Grimes (V97) are just the tip of the iceberg. Sorrenti’s love for the Supers is apparent, but a dedication to youth culture is another side of Sorrenti that he sometimes saves for V, as seen in the emerging model story featured in this issue and in his story on “the new exhibitionists” for V91, the Rebel Issue. Sorrenti has shot surreal stories for just about every major magazine, but V can boast some of his most ambitious work, including collaborations with artists Kamo and Amie Dicke and with stylists Edward Enninful, Andrew Richardson, and George Cortina.
This is an excerpt from V Legends: a special supplement to V100. To read the full compendium, order your copy of V100 here, or pick up the issue on stands now.