Mert Alas, born in Turkey, andMarcus Piggott, born in Wales, met in 1994, at a party on a pier in Hastings, England. Piggott asked Alas for a light, the pair got talking, and rapidly discovered they had plenty in common, not least a love of fashion. Three years later, the duo now known asMert and Marcushad moved into a derelict loft in East London, converted it into a studio, and had their first collaborative photographic work published inDazed & Confused.
These days, Mert and Marcus shape the global image of such renowned brands asGiorgio Armani,Roberto Cavalli,Fendi,Miu Miu,Gucci,Yves Saint Laurent,Givenchy, andLancôme, and public figures includingLady Gaga,Madonna,Jennifer Lopez,Linda Evangelista,Gisele Bündchen,Björk,Angelina Jolie, andRihanna. Their photographs encompass a wide range of styles and influences but are renowned particularly for their use of digitized augmentation of images, and a fascination forstrong, sexually charged, confident female subjects: “powerful women, women with a meaning, a you-don’t-have-to-talk-or-move-too-much-to-tell-who-you-are kind of woman.”
Bringing our best-selling Collector’s Edition to anaffordable, compact format, this collection explores the unique vision of a creative partnership that has defined and redefined standards for glamour, fashion, and luxury. Approximately300 imagesfrom the megawatt Mert and Marcus portfolio are accompanied by an introduction byCharlotte Cotton.
First published as a TASCHEN Collector’s Edition, now available as an affordable, compact edition
Charlotte Cottonis a curator and writer. She was head of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2007–2009), curator of photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum (1992–2004) and the head of programming at the Photographers Gallery (2004–2005) in London. She is also the founding editor of wordswithoutpictures.org.