Karlie Kloss in Saint Laurent, Spring 2013 photographed by Hedi Slimane for Vogue Japan, June 2013
Photographer Nicholas Alan Cope and creative director Dustin Edward Arnold have come to be known as a groundbreaking duo within the visual arts world. Both with wide-ranging backgrounds in photography and design, they originally met through a commercial project in 2007 and began their first collaboration in 2009 when they formed the artistic partnership known as Cope/Arnold. They decided to join forces due to a mutual desire to go beyond the commonplace and take photography to places it had never been before. ”We have a classical approach to making work”, they point out, where ”there’s a lot of planning, a lot of preparation”.
Their approach to image creation, however classical, still manages to break the confines of conventional photography. Each working beyond their respective discipline, they inventively combine the mediums of painting, chemistry, sculpture, fashion and installation as a part of their image-making process, without being afraid to constantly evolve and experiment with new approaches and techniques that they have never tried before.