April 8, 2013

Serpentine

Richard Avedon and Giampolo SguraUpon hearing that Nastassja Kinski was fond of animals, particularly snakes, Richard Avedon photographed the German actress naked, apart from a large Burmese python coiled around her nude body. Although Avedon captured the precise moment the snake would touch his tongue to Kinski’s cheek, Avedon does confess it was an incredibly difficult shoot. The snake could not be positioned or guided and Kinski had to adjust her body to the snake’s unpredictable movements. To highlight the trend of reptile skinned accessories, Antidote Magazine’s FW 2011 Corps à Crops editorial, photographed by Giampolo Sgura, featured model Ashley Smith accessorized with shoes and handbags in reptile prints, along with a variety of actual snakes similarly coiled on her naked body.

 

Nastassja Kinski and the Serpent by Richard Avedon, June 14, 1981

Nastassja Kinski and the Serpent by Richard Avedon, June 14, 1981

 

Corps à Corps by Giampolo Sgura in Antitode Magazine, FW 2012

Corps à Corps by Giampolo Sgura in Antitode Magazine, FW 2012

 

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6 Comments

  1. Stephanie

    April 19, 2013 at 3:12 am

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    First thing that came to mind when I saw these pictures is the legend of Olympias and God Zeus, where Olympias claims it was not her husband Philip who impregnated her, but a serpent (the reptile is identified with Zeus), making room for debate on the identity of Alexander The Great's father.
    • Part Nouveau

      April 24, 2013 at 2:49 am

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      Stephanie, that may very well have been an inspiration!
  2. Tania

    May 22, 2013 at 11:15 pm

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    Have you seen Sonja Kinski's emulated photo at all? So much better than the Ashley Smith one! Mind you, like mother like daughter... But this Avedon photo is still in a league of its own.
    • Part Nouveau

      June 14, 2013 at 2:28 pm

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      Oh I had never seen it! Thanks so much for brining to my attention! Yes it is much more representative of the original!
  3. Karla L

    August 17, 2013 at 11:02 pm

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    The first photo is just perfect, beautiful and so sensual.
  4. Part Nouveau

    April 24, 2013 at 2:53 am

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    Yes, the original is certainly incomparable! Avdeon's version is more intimate, it is quite apparent how comfortable and "at home" Nastassja Kinski is with the snake.

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