Friday, April 25, 2014

David Gandy by Giles Duley for '100 Portraits Before I Die'

On March 20, 2014 David Gandy announced he would be part of Giles Duley Photography's '100 Portraits Before I Die (100PBID)'. Today, those awaited pictures came out and looking at the simplicity of these black and white portraits, Giles tries to capture the David Gandy's essence showing us a man of stunning beauty that needs no artistic enhancements.

Throught those pictures Giles gives us a uniquely personal insight into the trial and error of returning to portrait photography and we know, through David Gandy's own words what this project represents.
"When I was at the Christmas drinks/dinner for one of the charities I support, Style for Soldiers, I met Giles Duley. I'd heard of Giles as he was an editorial photographer for the likes of GQ, Esquire and The Times. However, the story that he went on to tell me is truly inspiring and who better to explain the whole story that the man himself, from this link.

In short, Giles turned from editorial photography to documentary photography, concentrating on people suffering the consequences of war and humanitarian issues. However in 2011 Giles stepped on an IED, amputating both his legs and leaving him with an arm beyond repair. He should have died, but by 2012 he was on his way back to Afghanistan photographing civilian casualties. What an incredible achievement.
(David Gandy with Giles Duley by Miles Drury)

His new project - 100 Portraits Before I Die - focuses on his passion for portraiture and taking photographs of the many people who have influenced his life. It's a project to rebuild his career and his condifence and I was lucky enough to be one of the 100 people that he chose for the project."(David Gandy's Vogue Blog - April 09, 2014)


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