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99 Somber Editorials

From Mysteriously Expressive Portaits to Mirrored Melancholic Captures

— May 15, 2012 — Fashion
These somber editorials showcase an alternative side to fashionable and artistic photoshoots. Although teams of photographers and creative directors often do prefer sunny scenes featuring smiling models and beach backdrops, these productions have taken a darker route, opting for sorrowful themes.

Mysteriously expressive portraits and mirrored melancholic captures have come to characterize the pages of some of the world's largest publications. Pictures of crying women and children strike a chord in the hearts of viewers, and while some take up issue with these images, others have supported their raw qualities.

These ventures often address the issues of death, depression and even substance abuse, merging alluring displays of fine art with novel reflections. In effect, these reflections bring new visions and takes to the table.
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Activity
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98
Sullen-Faced Art
Sullen-Faced Art
These Derek Weisberg Sculptures Examine the Pains of Human Life
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97
Pouty Loft Photography
Pouty Loft Photography
Abbey Lee Kershaw is Sullen and Sweet for the Journal S/S 2011 Editorial
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96
Stoic 60s Shoots
Stoic 60s Shoots
The Apollo Novo La Villa Editorial Features Retro-Inspired Styles
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95
Luxe Leather-Clad Portraits
Luxe Leather-Clad Portraits
The 'Playfully Decadent' Shoot for POSI+TIVE Magazine is Ultra Glam
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94
Sullen Road Trip Captures
Sullen Road Trip Captures
Dani Padgett Presents a Depressing Take on the World
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93
Tear-Inducing Auto Ads
Tear-Inducing Auto Ads
The Chevrolet Drive Carefully Campaign Shows "Speed Can Make People Suffer"
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92
Dark Unearthly Portraits
Dark Unearthly Portraits
Matthew Lyn Captures 'Charlotte' in an Enchanting Series
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91
Somber Slumbering Snapshots
Somber Slumbering Snapshots
The Robert Knight 'Sleepless' Photo Series is Eerily Peaceful
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90
Depressing Carnival Captures
Depressing Carnival Captures
The 'Measuring Up' Series Follows a Boy Too Small to Go on Rides
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89
Romantic Nomadic Menswear
Romantic Nomadic Menswear
'The Vagabond' by Louise Canton Stars a Somber Leslie Marks
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88
Monochrome A-List Shoots
Monochrome A-List Shoots
The Vera Farmiga BlackBook September 2011 Shoot is Greyscale Beautiful
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87
Foggy Lavatory Photo Shoots
Foggy Lavatory Photo Shoots
An Le Photographs Fine Art in a Ladies Powder Room
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86
Male Model Entanglement
Male Model Entanglement
Matthew Stone Captures Some Dynamic Compositons for Clash Magazine
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85
Melodramatic Monochrome Photography
Melodramatic Monochrome Photography
Valentina Vortice Captures Raw Emotion In Sad Subjects' Eyes
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84
Somber Waterlogged Shoots
Somber Waterlogged Shoots
The Iekeliene Stange Vogue Russia Editorial Plunges Into Dark Waters
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83
Sullen French Photography
Sullen French Photography
Captures by Remi Rebillard are Moody
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82
Somber Menswear Captures
Somber Menswear Captures
The Anthon Wellsjo for Apollo Novo Shoot is Washed Out
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81
Sullen Boy Editorials
Sullen Boy Editorials
Cameron Alexander Captures the Reckless Behavior of Youth
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80
Doleful Doppelganger Lookbooks
Doleful Doppelganger Lookbooks
Rad Hourani SS 2011 Collection Showcased in a Listless Shoot
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79
Hazy Neon Editorials
Hazy Neon Editorials
Benjamin Eidem and Tom Barker by Xevi Muntane for Wonderland are Chic
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78
Forsaken Fieldtography
Forsaken Fieldtography
The 5 Magazine ‘Contra Natura' Shoot is Alluringly Glum
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77
Hazy Luxe Editorials
Hazy Luxe Editorials
The Vanessa Hessler Grey Magazine Shoot is Softly Romantic
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76
Somber Fur Fashion
Somber Fur Fashion
The Izma Fall 2011 Lookbook Uses Dark Tones to Create Classic Elegance
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75
Introspective Editorials
Introspective Editorials
"Our Darkness" by Eli Schmidt Reflects on Financial Crisis
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74
Somber Transvestite Photoshoots
Somber Transvestite Photoshoots
The Mariell Amelie Antony Spread is Fabulously Fascinating
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73
Somber Nursery Rhymes
Somber Nursery Rhymes
The 'Mother Goose' Series Puts a Dark Spin on Children's Tales
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72
Pretty Mournful Portraits
Pretty Mournful Portraits
Karolina Grzesiak Snaps Joanna Sobesto for Nu-Mode Issue 4
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71
Midnight Hour Fashiontography
Midnight Hour Fashiontography
Marcelina Sowa & Sessilee Lopez Pose for L'Officiel
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70
Somber Solo Portraits
Somber Solo Portraits
Aron Wiesenfeld Places His Somber Subjects into the Unknown
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69
Vintage Parisian Pictorials
Vintage Parisian Pictorials
Marcin Biedron Pays Homage to Edith Piaf in This Outstanding Shoot
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68
Somberly Scenic Shoots
Somberly Scenic Shoots
Model Jake Mad­den Keeps His Cool Outdoors in This Dark Editorial
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67
Distraught Model Editorials
Distraught Model Editorials
The 10 Magazine Imogen Morris Clarke Spread is Under The Weather
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66
Sullen Summer Shoots
Sullen Summer Shoots
Ashley Smith Vamps for Country Girl in Black Magazine #14
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65
Woeful Infantile Pictures
Woeful Infantile Pictures
The Alexandra Klever 'Mixed Emotions' Series Features Wistful Moments
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64
Stylishly Sulky Shoots
Stylishly Sulky Shoots
The Codie Young Please Magazine Shoot is Youthfully Moody
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63
Braided Bandage Shoots
Braided Bandage Shoots
The All Magazine Anais Pouliot Pictorial Presents Shoulder Pads and Plaits
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62
Emotive Ebony Editorials
Emotive Ebony Editorials
Christina by Niklas Hoejlund is Full of Raw Feelings
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61
Gothic Couture Captures
Gothic Couture Captures
The Pulp Magazine Chanel Editorial Stars Darkly Glamorous Kristen
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60
Sullen Cadet Captures
Sullen Cadet Captures
The Rafal Prokopek by Agnieszka Stodolska Photo Series is Military-Inspired
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59
Melancholy Balding Portraiture
Melancholy Balding Portraiture
Arina Dazzles the Eyes with Illustrations of a Hairless Woman
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58
Macabre Male Portraits
Macabre Male Portraits
The 'Allure of Dark Beauty' Series by Matthew Lyn is Somber
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57
Depressing Male Portraits
Depressing Male Portraits
The 'Eye of the Beholder' Photoshoot is Somber
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56
Impactful Emotography
Impactful Emotography
The Glass Magazine 'Hope is a Walking Dream' Editorial is Thoughtful
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55
Off-Kilter Doorway Lookbooks
Off-Kilter Doorway Lookbooks
The Sonia Rykiel Pre-Fall 2012 Catalog is Playfully Moody
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54
Somber Outdoor Lookbooks
Somber Outdoor Lookbooks
The Topshop AW10 Collection is Dark and Moody
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53
Emo Black-and-White Pictorials
Emo Black-and-White Pictorials
'The Longest Night' by Photographer Eric Guillemain
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52
Mirrored Melancholic Captures
Mirrored Melancholic Captures
The 'Touchpuppet Dervla' by Robert Gaudette Shoot is Poetic
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51
Somber Shadowed Ads
Somber Shadowed Ads
The 18CRR81 Cerruti S/S 2012 Campaign is All About the Blues
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50
Murky Shadowed Editorials
Murky Shadowed Editorials
The ‘Swamp' Series by Javier Carmona is Pale and Gloomy
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49
Floral Femme Portraits
Floral Femme Portraits
Mario Pena Shoots Beautiful Women Next to Beautiful Scenery
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48
Electric Ensemble Editorials
Electric Ensemble Editorials
‘Nightcall' by Edina Csoboth is Inspired by 'Drive'
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47
Serene Sunlit Photography
Serene Sunlit Photography
Valentina Vallone Art Has a Calm, Relaxing Aesthetic
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46
Somber Digital Portraiture
Somber Digital Portraiture
Lolita Bendita Harmoniously Integrates Photographs Into Illustrations
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45
Spooky Kidtography
Spooky Kidtography
16-Year-Old Paper Lilies Captures a Whimsical Youth
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44
Elegant Mourning Photography
Elegant Mourning Photography
Dark Monotone Fashions in 'Guilty' for Shhhutter Magazine Issue 3
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43
Avant-Garde Androgyny Shoots
Avant-Garde Androgyny Shoots
The Trimapee 2012 Comatose Campaign is Moody
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42
Fashionable Falconry Shoots
Fashionable Falconry Shoots
Numero Homme 20 Editorial is Darkly Animalistic
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41
Sweetly Spiritual Shoots
Sweetly Spiritual Shoots
‘Sanctuary' by Kirra Jayde is Innocently and Youthfully Relig
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40
Mysteriously Expressive Portraits
Mysteriously Expressive Portraits
The Interview Magazine 'Tree of Life' Shoot is Striking
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39
Frowning Beauties
Frowning Beauties
Katie Forgarty Channels Inner Meanness for Harper's Bazaar UK Jan 2011
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38
Sullen Soldier Portraits
Sullen Soldier Portraits
Italo Gaspar Makes a Military Man Out of Andre Kherwald
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37
Piercing Prayer Pictorials
Piercing Prayer Pictorials
Marcelina Sowa Poses for 'Being Bathory' in Fashion Gone Rogue
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36
Melancholy Model Shoots
Melancholy Model Shoots
Natalia Vodianova Shows a Pensive Side in This Photo Collection
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35
Somber Rocker Shoots
Somber Rocker Shoots
The Fashion Gone Rogue Chloe Editorial is Dark and Moody
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34
Melancholy Couture Shoots
Melancholy Couture Shoots
Photographer Jean-Francois Lepage Manufactures Sadness
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33
Somber Ladylike Shoots
Somber Ladylike Shoots
A Delicate and Melancholic Editorial from T Style Spring 2012
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32
Off-Kilter Photography
Off-Kilter Photography
Tommy Lee's Venus de Milo Outtakes Star Model Irina Funtikova
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31
Wistful Women Photography (UPDATE)
Wistful Women Photography (UPDATE)
The Anna Aden Collection Allures Any Onlooker
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30
Dramatic Expression Portraits
Dramatic Expression Portraits
Hannes Caspar Shoots Poignant Looks
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29
Gloomy Gloaming Galleries
Gloomy Gloaming Galleries
The Fashion Gone Rogue 'Jasmine' Editorial is Gothic-Turned-Preppy
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28
Dismal Roman Photography
Dismal Roman Photography
Amato Haute Couture Features Upset Models and Creepy Dolls
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27
Eerily Sensual Photography
Eerily Sensual Photography
The Uliana by Grant Thomas Vaga Magazine 2 Shoot is Dark and Dreamy
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26
Mournful Melancholy Portraits
Mournful Melancholy Portraits
Kelsey Hannah Captures Images of Lonliness and Desolation
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25
Alluring Melancholy Portraits
Alluring Melancholy Portraits
The Yani by Nirrimi Dead Leaves Shoot is Captivating
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24
Sapphire Beach Fashion
Sapphire Beach Fashion
The Julia Stegner Vogue Germany May 2011 Editorial Exudes Bold Blue
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23
Polaroid Picnic Lookbooks
Polaroid Picnic Lookbooks
The Band of Outsiders Spring 2012 Catalog Stars Michelle Williams
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22
Brooding Starlet Editorials
Brooding Starlet Editorials
The Vogue Italia November 2011 Captures the Twilight Star Intensely
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21
Stunning Solitary Photography
Stunning Solitary Photography
Teresea Queiros Captures Melancholy and Beauty in Simple Shots
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20
Morphing Melancholy Models
Morphing Melancholy Models
The September 2011 Dazed & Confused Collections Special is Ravishing
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19
Sad Song-Inspired Shoots
Sad Song-Inspired Shoots
The Fashion Gone Rogue 'MacArthur Park' Stars Savannah DiMarco
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18
Distressed Cat-Eye Photography
Distressed Cat-Eye Photography
The Chloe Callahan Spread by Lucy Carr-Ellison has a Dark Edge
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17
Moody Menswear Shoots
Moody Menswear Shoots
Bastiaan Van Gaalen Strikes Melancholy Poses for Zara Fall Winter 2011
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16
Intimate Story-Telling Photography
Intimate Story-Telling Photography
These Brad Lou Tennant Portraits Portray Dramatic Raw Emotion
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15
Glam Garden Shoots
Glam Garden Shoots
The Natural Barbara Palvin Dansk AW 2011 Editorial
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14
Modernized Country Couture
Modernized Country Couture
The Kelly Thompson Shoot for 1am Magazine
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13
Girl At-Gunpoint Photography
Girl At-Gunpoint Photography
Maggie Lochtenberg's Work Exudes a Beautifully Somber Tone
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12
Introspective Inktography
Introspective Inktography
Christopher Loren Ewers' Tattoo-Loving Photography
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11
Forlorn Femmetography
Forlorn Femmetography
Elisa Lasowski Mimics Melancholy for Paolo Zerbini and NAAG Magazine
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10
New York Bohemian Photography
New York Bohemian Photography
Roeg Cohen Shoots Candid Urban Beauty
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9
Somber Self-Portraits
Somber Self-Portraits
The Yulia Gorodinski Melancholy Collection Emits Loneliness
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8
Voyeuristic Lingerie Shoots
Voyeuristic Lingerie Shoots
The Camilo Echeverri Infashion Magazine Editorial is Ultra Sultry
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7
Hazy-Hued Captures
Hazy-Hued Captures
Harold Pasion Features Seductive Ladies with a Blurred Aesthetic
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6
Woeful Wedding Photography
Woeful Wedding Photography
The Isabeli Fontana Vogue Paris April 2012 Editorial is Romantic
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5
Melancholic Doll-Like Shoots
Melancholic Doll-Like Shoots
Abbey Lee Kershaw Stars in the Interview Magazine March 2012 Issue
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4
Somber Circus Shoots
Somber Circus Shoots
Pierre Manning's Saltare In Banco Portraits are Full of Melancholy Myst
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3
Freaky High-Fashion Illustrations
Freaky High-Fashion Illustrations
Laura Laine Draws Outlandish Upscale Images
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2
Sullen Bedroom Photography
Sullen Bedroom Photography
Matteo Palmieri Captures Raw Emotion Through Analog
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1
Barren Bedroom Photography
Barren Bedroom Photography
Photographer Antonella Arismendi Shoots Vita Cagnone in an Empty Room
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