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Photography is the art of both life and death. What the photograph captures is a life in one still moment, but what the photograph always implies is the death of its subject. If the person in the photograph has not died, he or she eventually will. The fact of death, or the inevitability of death, is part of what gives photography its magnetic power. A remarkable photograph haunts us not only because of its composition, or lighting, or content, but also because of the tension between the mortality of what has been captured in the photograph—a person, a flower—and the immortality of the photograph. 

This tension animates the oeuvre of Satoshi Saïkusa, perhaps even more so because much of his work deals with beauty. In his guise as a fashion photographer for high-end magazines, he dwells, at least some of the time, among certain species of the exceptional: the rich who can make themselves beautiful, the famous who are extra-alluring because of their celebrity, or the lucky who were born hyper-attractive. For those of us who see these exceptional people only in Saïkusa’s photographs, they appear human and beyond human at the same time. (...)

In his artwork, Saïkusa translates this tension between life and death, beauty and decay, artifice and reality. The still life (in English), or nature morte (in French), are preoccupations for Saïkusa. The different names of the genre in two languages signal how life and death are both involved in the staging of the beautiful or memorable subject, or object. (...)

But Saïkusa’s work isn’t always about the spectacular, the beautiful, or even the grotesque (the skulls, the menacing, enigmatic sculptures, the freaky installation called the “Peeper Beaster” that is shrouded in a thick, shaggy mat of hair). Sometimes he fixates on the quotidian, like his hypnotic video of people crossing the famous intersection of the Shibuya district in Tokyo. Saïkusa’s camera gazes silently at the hundreds of anonymous faces, as if trying to see what might lie beneath them, as if the camera could be an x-ray machine. (...)

For him the face is important and not important. The face is our humanity, but we divide ourselves on the basis of our faces, into nations and races. We deny the universality of our faces by trying to discern what is beautiful or ugly, or trying to define what binds us to a smaller fraction of humanity. And by so doing, we also deny the universality of what lies behind this face—the skull. As Saïkusa’s alluring work shows, the skull endures, as much as beauty does. Death, his work seems to say, give meaning not only to life but to beauty. A hard truth, but something that Saïkusa’s discerning eyes notice, even if many of ours do not.

Text by Viet Thanh Nguyen (excerpts)
American writer, his novel «The Sympathizer» won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2016

 

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Vogue Paris November 1994
Ultra Violet
Photographer: Satoshi Saikusa
Model: Phoebe O'Brien
Stylist: Marie-Amélie Sauvé
Hair: Valentin
Makeup: Anne Cosani

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Vogue Paris October 1995

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Six Airs de Noir
Photographer: Satoshi Saikusa
Model: Phoebe O'Brien
Stylist: Marie-Amélie Sauvé
Hair: Stéphane Lancien

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Vogue Italia September 1994
Lo Smoking Oggi
Photographer: Satoshi Saikusa
Fashion Editor: Mika Mizutani
Model: Phoebe O'Brien
Hair: Barnabe
Make-Up: James Kaliardos

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Vogue Italia August 1993

Tin Soldier
Photographer: Satoshi Saikusa
Fashion Editor: Mika Mizutani
Hair: Barnabe
Make Up: Topolino
Model: Patricia Hartmann

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Vogue Italia July 2003

"The Black Dress that Cannot Be Given Up"

Models: Hannelore Knuts & Hana Soukupova

Photographers: Satoshi Saikusa & Nathaniel Goldberg

Stylists: Mika Muzutani & George Cortina

Hair: Damien Boissinot & James Brown

Makeup: Karim Rahman & Inge Grognard

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Vogue Italia February 1995
Bella Donna 
Photographer: Satoshi Saikusa
Fashion Editor: Mika Mizutani
Model: Carla Bruni
Hair: Renato
Make-Up: Delphine Ehrhart

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Vogue Italia December 1993

Minimal Barocco
Photographer: Satoshi Saikusa
Fashion Editor: Mika Mizutani 
Hair: Barnabe
Make Up: Topolino
Model: Meghan Douglas

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Vogue Italia November 1989

"Linea Contrapposta a Punto" 
Models: Lesile Navajas ? & Kirsten Owen
Photographer: Satoshi Saikusa
Hair: Perrine Rougemont & Ward
Makeup: Régine Bedot & Kenny Campbell

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Vogue Italia October 2003

"Full Seduction"

Model: Eva Herzigova

Photographer: Satoshi Saikusa

Stylist: Alice Gentilucci

Hair: Stéphane Lancien

Makeup: Pascale Guichard

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Vogue Italia July/August 1988

"Segni di Pizzo"
Models: Unknowns
Photographer: Satoshi Saikusa
Stylist: Mika Mizutani
Hair: Martyn Fosscalder
Makeup: Pascal Guichard

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Vogue Italia March 1994

"Colours & Colours"

Models: Karen Ferrari, Jaime Rishar & Unknown

Photographer: Satoshi Saikusa

Stylist: Alice Gentilucci

Hair: Massato & Valentin

Makeup: Jim Bresse & Topolino

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On 9/9/2019 at 4:23 AM, Vogue Girl said:

Vogue Italia March 1994

"Colours & Colours"

Models: Karen Ferrari, Jaime Rishar & Unknown

Photographer: Satoshi Saikusa

Stylist: Alice Gentilucci

Hair: Massato & Valentin

Makeup: Jim Bresse & Topolino

 

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Stella Tennant :happy:

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On 11/8/2019 at 9:02 AM, Minerva13 said:

Stella Tennant :happy:

 

 I forget to write her name, thanks.

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Vogue Italia September 1995

Pure Black
Photographer: Satoshi Saikusa
Fashion Editor: Mika Mizutani
Hair: Stéphane Lancien
Make-up: Pascale Guichard
Model: Christina Kruse

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Magazine: W (January 1995)
Title: Penn Pals
Photographer: Satoshi Saïkusa
Model: Kate Moss, Nina Brosh
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Magazine: W (April 1995)
Title: China Syndrome
Photographer: Satoshi Saïkusa
Model: Chandra North
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