Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
Among the leading fashion photographers of the past
two decades, Alas and Piggott have made iconic images of many of the world’s most celebrated women. In their first Esquire
assignment, they shot Penélope Cruz in a Dalston townhouse. Turkish and Welsh respectively, they have worked for Vogue,
W Magazine, Gucci, Dior, Louis Vuitton and many more, and will celebrate 20 years of partnership with a Taschen retrospective published in January 2018.
“I grew up watching Redford’s films,” says US
Esquire’s executive director of editorial. “My mother loved them, so she took me with her. I told Redford I saw all his Seventies classics in
the theatre (including, strangely for an eight-yearold boy, The Way We Were).
He insisted on a photo of
himself with me and sending it to my mother. He’s a kind, thoughtful man. (And, of course, she was thrilled to tears.)” Hainey’s
After Visiting Friends
(Scribner) is out now.
“Writing about being disinvited from giving
a TED talk opened a painful emotional wound for me,” says Bradshaw,
who appraises the fashionable lectures from their best to their woefully embarrassing worst on page 156. “If they ever change their minds, I will insist on only giving my talk on the great Teds from history: Hughes, Kennedy, Nugent, Bundy.” Bradshaw is a broadcaster, novelist and film critic for