This New York-based photographer doesn’t really do glamour, preferring her models to paint the tentacles of a squid with nail varnish or tuck into a hefty snack on set. Reality is the underlying theme of her provocatively charged photos, which seem so unscripted they almost look accidental. Next on the agenda? “Make incredible images that are striking but don’t look overdone,” she says. “I am also having my first solo show in NYC next year.”
What was your defining pop culture moment of 2014?
Brianna Capozzi: When “Wrecking Ball” beat “Chandelier” for best video. I realised that unfortunately sometimes it doesn’t matter how good or bad something is, as long as you’re attached to someone big. That, and when Jean Paul Gaultier had his final ready-to-wear show. Also when John Galliano was appointed creative director of Margiela.
How would you sum up what you do in a sentence?
Brianna Capozzi: I make images that ride the line between theatrics and banality.
What’s your favourite song and movie of 2014?
How do you think style and pop culture will change in 2015?
Brianna Capozzi: I am hoping that style becomes chic, raw and a bit more undone again. We are in this moment where things are really over the top and ironic. I like humour a lot, but there is a fine line in irony for me. I think style needs to strip down again and look effortless.
Sum up what we can expect from you in 2015.
Brianna Capozzi: Make incredible images that are striking but don’t look overdone. I am also having my first solo show in NYC this year.
What’s the most exciting thing about the music/film/fashion industry today?
Brianna Capozzi: The same thing that will always be exciting about it, that it keeps changing and that where we are right now won’t last forever.
What new skill did you learn this year?
Brianna Capozzi: I learned that everyone around you is waiting for someone to believe in an idea and take control. No one will say it, but they want you to tell them: ‘This is good! This is what we're doing.’
Who’s an unsung cultural hero that you discovered this year?
Brianna Capozzi: Angie Meadors.
What’s the most surprising thing we’d find out if we looked at your phone?
Brianna Capozzi: Good luck finding my phone.
Who should have been at number one on the Dazed 100?
Brianna Capozzi: I don't think one person is single-handedly breaking ground by themselves. In all of these industries, it takes more then one person to make even the smallest idea happen.
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