Kai Stuht’s sensual fashion photography brings together contrasting elements in a perfectly balanced composition. A master of the sublime, he inspires the viewer through baroque opulence and viscose elegance, whilst balancing any hint of pompous solemnity with the charm of decay. Luxurious curtains are draped deliberately in front of bare, industrial walls. Amongst them, razor thin models pose like antique goddesses and dreamy princesses. The visual concept was developed together with Miles Cockfield, who has previously worked with the likes of Michel Comte and Sarah Moon. It offers the perfect framework for an evocative re-working of themes from mythology and the history of art. Giant balls populate the image, like planets waiting to be thrown by a goddess. They not only occupy space in a formal manner, but also juxtapose the texture of the curtains. In another image, discarded wash basins lie like expensive hunting trophies, draped across a tiled Dutch floor. Flanked by a tall wooden ladder, they train the gaze of the viewer onto the model in the skin-tight evening dress. It is as if one lived in a deliberate parody of the paintings of the old masters, their biblical and antique subjects having been reinvented through the elaborate use of fashion photography and a fine sense of dramaturgic storytelling. With Stuht, the old never seems old, and the new never seems artificial.
|1964||born in Hamburg, Germany|
In the 1990s Kai Stuht began photographing professionally. His development as a photographer moved very quickly from action photography to “athletes as stars” and portraits to fashion and advertisement photography.
|1999||Founded the agency “Starshot, company for photo, concept & design” together with Tina Weisserseit|
|since 2004||Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the magazine “USELESS – Fashion vs. Athletes” and “USELESS – The Red Flag”|
|2008||Accepted into the renowned photo agency “Contour by Getty Images” as only the third German photographer|
|lives and works as a freelance artist in Munich, Germany|