Argentum is a collection of photographs by Guido Argentini that focus on his work with metallic-painted dancers, gymnasts, and aerialists. Since 1995 Argentini has coated these models in silver makeup and photographed them using a single light source giving them the presence of both statues and flowing water. They are some of the most stunning images of dancers I have ever seen.
Guido Argentini chose the simplest of settings: a white seamless, basic geometric objects, and minimal aerial apparatus to set his models against. The effect is that there is nothing in the image that is not entirely focused on the human body. The bodies themselves are at once incredibly organic and seemingly hard as steel, frozen and animated, warm and cold.
Argentini is not the first to photograph models coated in metallic makeup but his photographs stand apart in both the technical execution and the depth of form and grace he was able to achieve.
In addition to the book, Argentum, there is a documentary about the making of these photographs that is well worth your time.
See more at Guido Argentini’s official website.
All artwork © Guido Argentini.