New Zealand D-Photo - - EDITORIAL -

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.

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