Guido Argentini spent years working with dancers, gymnasts, and aerialists to serve as the models for Argentum, his innovative nude portrait series. Argentini painted his models in metallic silver paint and photographed them in front of a simple white background. The final effect is a series of stunning and innovative dancers portraits, which highlight the intrinsic beauty of powerful yet gracious and aerial human bodies.
Since the project's beginning in 1995, Argentini assembled 100 favourites for his collection. He has since published a book Argentum and a documentary about the process (check out the trailer to sneak a peak how he did it).
I love everything about this project: subject matter, the simplicity of it, the statuesque look of models achieved by the silver pain, the play of human body combined with shadows and geometrical forms.
Beautiful work, worth checking out in more detail.
The fluid form of the human body is recast in a metallic coat, juxtaposing the flexible mobility of women with the rigid elements of metal to create a fascinating series of photos.