Staff Standouts

Staff Standouts

The VMAN team spends almost every working moment (and more) putting together the issues we present, but here we take a break from the hustle to reflect on what stood out in VMAN for 2015, and ultimately what makes our jobs so special

The VMAN team spends almost every working moment (and more) putting together the issues we present, but here we take a break from the hustle to reflect on what stood out in VMAN for 2015, and ultimately what makes our jobs so special

"NOWHERE FAST" BY JOSEPH SZABO AND JAY MASSACRET, VMAN 34

"Perhaps no photographer captures the poetry and awkward beauty of youth like Joseph Szabo, whose work I first discovered 12 years ago when I came across his book Teenage, which documents adolescents at Malverne Senior High School in Long Island in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Auspiciously stylized by place and time, I’ve always felt he honed in on a singular aesthetic impossible to shake from your mind once exposed. Jay Massacret had the brilliant idea to get in touch with Mr. Szabo, who turned us down for a season before coming back around. Convinced by Jay’s respectful sensitivity to his approach, he obliged VMAN with his first fashion shoot in at least a decade. It’s incredible how his style continues to bless the time in which it is shot. It’s the total definition of glamour."—Patrik Sandberg, Editor

"This is easily my favorite story in the issue. It was shot at Malverine Senior High School where Joseph once taught photography, and captured the youth in his famous Teenage tome. The casting, styling, and of course Szabo's touch, really captured a youthful, Americana moment. The past meets the present, sees the future, and that's what VMAN is all about."—Stella Evans, Freelance Fashion Assistant

"Joseph Szabo's photographs from the 1980's will forever remain iconic, his foray into editorial photography is rare and selective. From this years VMAN 34 I obviously was totally taken with Joseph's editorial styled by Jay Massacret. The editorial is so timeless and genuine, the clothes so natural on the models - that was the point obviously but seeing it work so well in print made me think about how fashion tends to overcomplicate imagery and poses, and that it might be better to strip things down to basics again."—Nicola Kast, Photo Editor

"ROLE CALL," VMAN 34

"In VMAN 35, Patrik Sandberg and I decided to revive a feature from a few years back, in which film directors are asked to name, photograph, and describe their (male) muse. It was a fun experiment for all of us, not knowing what to expect from this loaded request. In the end, I was touched by how genuinely excited these filmmakers were to highlight the work of someone they had gotten to know well through a recent project. Francis Lawrence, director of The Hunger Games: Mockingly – Part 2, gave us a great story about a prank Woody Harrelson played on set. Ramin Bahrani, director of 99 Homes, completely made up what Michael Shannon was doing in the photo shoot he staged with him. Thea Sharrock, director of next year’s Me Before You, took pictures of Sam Claflin on a shared vacation. Roland Emmerich sent us a photo he took in his own home of his new discovery Jonny Beauchamp, who had a small role in Stonewall. Todd Haynes, always a rule-breaker, spoke eloquently of Rooney Mara and their experience shooting Carol. A few more directors of Fall and Winter films contributed, too, sharing intimate photos and memories of their leads, some of them huge stars already. I think it turned into a fascinating portfolio of intimate collaboration."—Natasha Stagg, Senior Editor

"MODERN META" BY WALTER PFEIFFER AND HANNES HETTA, VMAN 33

"I could easily say that I chose this spread from VMAN 33, photographed by Walter Pfeiffer and styled by Hannes Hetta, because I have deep respect for Pfeiffer's vision of masculinity. Or I could rattle on about the beauty of geometry and monochromatic dressing. These would be true, but if we are being totally honest it is because "Donald Ducking It," as I like to call it, is the trend for 2015 that I hoped would take off, but, understandably (I guess), did not. I contend that wearing tops without bottoms is not only an innovative silhouette, but also radically anti-patriarchal, humorous, and deeply erotic all at once. Maybe next year…" Wyatt Algeier, Production Assistant

"SLEEP NO MORE" BY PIERRE DEBUSCHERRE AND TOM VAN DORPE, VMAN 34

"Growing up as a contemporary dancer gave me a great respect for the strong, yet capable of softness, form of the male figure. While men's fashion editorials tend to focus on either end of the spectrum, I believe the modern man is more complex, capable of embodying both, at once. Pierre and Tom do, and have always done, an incredible job of capturing that duality here."—Ian David Monroe, Editorial Assistant

"MY GIRL AND ME" BY JOHNNY DUFORT AND HALEY WOLLENS, VMAN 34

"This depiction of a love story between a man and his dog really made me lol. The custom locket? The hair ties? Young love at its funniest and a reminder that not everything in fashion has to be taken so seriously. I sincerely hope there is a 'My Girl 2.'"—Julian Antetomatso, Associate Market Editor

CHARLIE HUNNAM BY TIM WALKER AND JACOB K, VMAN 34

"NOWHERE FAST" BY JOSEPH SZABO AND JAY MASSACRET, VMAN 34

"ROLE CALL," VMAN 34

"MODERN META" BY WALTER PFEIFFER AND HANNES HETTA, VMAN 33

"SLEEP NO MORE" BY PIERRE DEBUSCHERRE AND TOM VAN DORPE, VMAN 34

"MY GIRL AND ME" BY JOHNNY DUFORT AND HALEY WOLLENS, VMAN 34

CHARLIE HUNNAM BY TIM WALKER AND JACOB K, VMAN 34

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