The 'A Game of Chess' Editorial for Harper's Bazaar is Playfully Bold

 - May 29, 2013
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Harper Bazaar Vietnam's 'A Game of Chess' is a wonderfully eye-catching editorial featuring the expressive and versatile model Chrystal Copland.

Using photoshop Copland is duplicated so that she can pose with herself in each shot. One version of her is always dressed in white while the other is dressed in black. This contrast refers to the black and white checkerboard appearance of chess boards, a reference that is further highlighted by the chessboard in the editorial's lead image.

Chess has always been an inspiration for contrast and juxtaposition and photographer An Le has demonstrated chess's influence on contrast once again with 'A Game of Chess.' Each photo depicts two sides of the same person represented through color, which is in turn represented through the game of chess.

This editorial is extremely multi-layered while remaining striking in its consistent contrasting of black and white and its fun geometric fashion making it a high-energy, memorable shoot.