ON THE COVER
This issue’s stunning cover image comes from photographer Ilan Wittenberg. He worked with his model, Alicia, to come up with some ‘outside the box’ ideas for their shoot, eventually landing on a plan to extend a clay paste mask from her face down to her torso. He shot the portrait in his Auckland studio, against a simple background to emphasise the model’s form, and draw attention to her body language and facial expression. “I love Alicia’s eyes,” Ilan says. “She looks so fragile and vulnerable.” This image won the Portrait category at the 2018 Sony Alpha Awards in Sydney, and went on to win the photographer the competition’s Grand Prize. In this issue (page 68) Ilan shares his expert knowledge in creating mesmerizing monochrome portraits.