The Mark Pillai portfolio is full of images that feature models displaying natural beauty in a black and white setting, each image benefitting from an unusual stylistic addition that gives the photo an extra layer of intrigue.
The Mark Pillai portfolio features images the French photographer has shot over the years for high-powered (and priced) clients like Hugo Boss, Givenchy and H&M, each photograph exuding a sense of intimacy.
This sense of intimacy in the Mark Pillai portfolio is not manufactured. Pillai spends "an unusually long time with each model" in order to create a personal interaction with each model, a wild contrast to the traditional set up of fashion shoots where make-up artists, stylists and assistants occupy much of the room.
My favorite image in the Mark Pillai portfolio is his portrait of Beyonce. Pillai captures one of America’s biggest pop stars looking regal as an African Queen, embedding an iconic and racially-charged image in the minds of Bey’s fans in the US and abroad.
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