Carnage: Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria.
Catwalk: Armani, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent.
War is ugly. Fashion is beautiful. War projects the worst of humanity. Fashion displays sartorial splendor in its highest.
War is fraught with danger, even for journalists and especially for photographers who must get up close to their subjects to frame an image.
Fashion is far less perilous, though photographers must also get intimate with their subjects on and around the runways.
There are photographers who shoot both: battlefields and runways, guns and glamour. At first, photographing war and fashion appear as incongruous acts that are difficult to reconcile. Until, perhaps, you take a deeper look.
Check out this provocative project on CNN. It was our Director of Photography Simon Barnett’s idea. I got to interview some very cool people for the story. http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2013/02/world/war-and-fashion/index.html