Mert and Marcus
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Mert and Marcus is the working name of two fashion photographers (Mert Alaş and Marcus Piggott) who work together on a collaborative basis. Their work and style is influenced by the photographer Guy Bourdin and have pioneered the use of digital manipulation within their field. They were both born in 1971.
Mert Alaş, born in Turkey and Marcus Piggott, born in Wales, met in England in 1994 after having worked for a brief period in different areas, Alaş in classical music and Piggott in graphic design. Piggott was an assistant photographer and Alas was a fashion photo modeler. After working together in the photography business, they decided to create a team. When they showed their first photos to Dazed and Confused, the London fashion magazine, they immediately made the cover.
They are known for their portraits of sophisticated, powerful women: "The difference between us and other photographers is that we care a lot about appearance," says Alaş. "We spend most of the time in the make-up and hairstyling rooms".
The team now works for such magazines such as Vogue USA, Vogue Paris, Vogue Italia, Interview Magazine, The Love Magazine, W Magazine, Pop Magazine, Numéro and Arena Homme Plus. Some of their major clients are fashion labels such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Missoni, Giorgio Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Fendi, Kenzo and Miu Miu. They created the images for perfume houses such as Gucci, Yves St Laurent, Givenchy and Lancôme.
Alas and Piggott have also worked with celebrities including Madonna, Marion Cotillard, Adriana Lima, Lady Gaga, Julia Roberts, Rihanna, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Linda Evangelista, Gisele Bündchen, Björk, Gigi Hadid, Lindsay Lohan, Scarlett Johansson, Charlotte Rampling, Bella Hadid, Kylie Minogue, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Victoria Beckham and most recently shot album covers for Fergie and Taylor Swift.
In 2015, Mert & Marcus were awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society
- Nick Paumgarten (27 September 2004). "The Shoot: How Mert and Marcus make everyone look magnificent". The New Yorker. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
- "Vogue Paris September 2010 Cover - Marion Cotillard by Mert & Marcus". fashiongonerogue.com. 19 August 2010.
- "Marion Cotillard by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for Lady Dior - Lady Grey". designscene.net. 2 November 2010.
- "Marion Cotillard as Lady Dior, shot by Mert & Marcus". Vogue. 27 October 2015.
- Gibson, Emma-Louise (15 January 2009). "Posh Spice Victoria Beckham 'does a David' in Armani undies strip". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 15 January 2009.
- Rob Dougan On February 23 and 24, 2012, Mert and Marcus directed Madonna's music video Girl Gone Wild, the second single from her album MDNA.