Last week Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones stood on stage at Design Indaba 2016 as a testament to the power of collaboration; having worked together since 1998 on the striking photography and film work they’ve since become known for. Through their experimental process they began establishing a signature ‘digital’ aesthetic pre digital photography. The output of W&N Studio can be defined by high production, painting with light, and long-standing collaborations in the fashion and music industries; notably with Alexander McQueen, Massive Attack, and the iconic Bj√∂rk, who they’ve been shooting since 2001. The pop star makes for an extraordinary subject, but more than that a conceptual co-conspirator of the duo’s consistent vision of ‘dreams in reality’. The sets themselves become surreal experiences. Du Preez recalls shooting on the side of a cliff in serene Icelandic nature, Missy Elliot blaring from¬†Bj√∂rk’s boombox.
Over the years, du Preez and Thornton Jones have produced many photographs for the singer’s various incarnations during the promotion of her albums Vespertine, Medulla, Biophilia, and her Greatest Hits.
Take a scroll below through the visual results of their meeting of minds.
“Ego is the fault of everything. Collaboration is the way forward.” – Warren du Preez