In this 2013 photograph shot at sunset in the Mojave Desert, Grassetti uses a mix of studio light and natural light to achieve dramatic shadows in a natural environment.
Nature and man. Black and white. Round and square. For photographer Anthony Grassetti, the foundational elements of fashion exist in the balance of these opposites. Of course, it took a formal arts education at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts to realize that.
“My style is influenced by the masters— [modern] studio masters like photographer Richard Avedon as well as [classical] painters such as Caravaggio,” says Grassetti of the fine arts background that informs his approach to fashion photography and portraiture. “I am simply trying to capture beauty in the mere face or body of a model.”
But you won’t see a face in the image above. “The choice to obscure the identity of the subject allows the picture to be about a moment rather than an individual,” says the 31-year-old. Stirring strobe and sunlight together, Grassetti—who divides his time between Boston, New York, and LA—paints a bold picture, capturing shapes, shadows, and silhouettes, creating layers and texture he says should be endemic to such photography: “Much like fine art, there are no limits to a fashion image.”