AMANDA DE CADENET: A TFS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
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Amanda de Cadenet’s photography has been variously described as ‘truthful’, ‘beautiful’, ‘haunting’ and ‘intimate’. The renowned fashion and portrait photographer shoots advertising campaigns, Hollywood starlets, rock royalty, and her friends at play, always infusing her work with an appealing honesty and authenticity.
De Cadenet has photographed many of the most celebrated icons of popular culture including Drew Barrymore, Sofia Coppola, Demi Moore, Amber Valetta, Olivia Wilde, Mary J Blige, Keanu Reeves, Beck, and The Strokes. She has worked with magazines as diverse as Vanity Fair, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Dazed and Confused, and The New York Times Magazine.
There is no doubt that her past artistic endeavors and famed friends inspire de Cadenet's photographic musings. She is perhaps the most compelling visual artist to marry fashion and rock 'n' roll to date. Her camera has recently blessed the pages of Vogue Hommes and V Mag, for whom she recently shot plus-sized model goddess Crystal Renn.
She has a mysterious new project slated to release May 9th, and the working title is simply Untitled Women's Project. I cannot wait to see what kind of eye candy de Cadenet presents. Her former coffee table book Rare Birds, with conversations between Sophie Dahl and Marc Jacobs, is like a post adolescent scrapbook documenting all the kids who were too cool for school, who landed Rock Star careers in the end. Rare Birds captured a slew of intimate moments and quasi debaucheries, at times juxtaposed with a page of beautiful blooming flowers, the ultimate feminine touch meshed with irony. Amanda de Cadenet is a woman after my own heart.
Amanda de Cadenet: Yes, I grew up mostly in London. But I was working as a model from age 14, so I was traveling around Europe and New York from a young age.
A: That was a portrait for Cheap Date magazine. Karen and I had mutual friends, and I think that portrait reflects the ease that we felt with each other. It was actually a Polaroid that Pascal at Box worked his magic on. So many people love that image. It's the one I always give for charity auctions, because it SELLS!
A: That shot is nothing special to me, it was the fact that I had access to him that gave me the point of view you see in the image. I don't think he likes me photographing him, and actually I have taken the least pics of Julian than any of the other Strokes. I shoot Fab a lot, as he and I have a solid friendship, and he trusts my artistic eye.
A: Photographing cute boys and my amazing girlfriends. Keanu for Vogue Hommes was pretty important for me in a few ways. Firstly, I love that man, and it was profound to take his picture and let all the love shine through. Secondly, it's a big deal for a woman who is 35 to shoot a Vogue cover. Annie Liebowitz and Ellen Von Unwerth are a generation above me, so I felt like I was making a dent in the largely male-dominated area of cover photographers.
A: My personal work fluctuates with how much time I have, or how crazy my kids have been. For the past 4 years, I've been photographing my kids so much that all my free time is spent with them. The work reflects where I'm hanging out. Over the summer I'll be in Europe on tour with my kids and The Strokes, so I'm sure there will be some more backstage images. Mostly I take pics of flowers and my garden in L.A., my kids, and my friends.