Miles Aldridge is an internationally renowned photographer. He studied illustration at Central St. Martins, and briefly directed pop videos before becoming a fashion photographer in the mid 90s. However, his vision of the world has never been constrained by the demands of fashion shoots. His work encompasses many diverse influences, from film directors including Derek Jarman, David Lynch and Fellini to the styled elegance of photographer Richard Avedon, and the psychedelic graphic design of his father, Alan Aldridge. His vision of the world is wide and deep. Each image is immaculately crafted often starting with working drawings so that the final result is highly controlled in an almost cinematic way.
Women are Aldridge's obsession. His work is filled with glamorous, beautiful women, whose perfect appearance and blank expression could be interpreted as passivity and ambivalence. Aldridge, however, prefers to define his women as in a state of contemplation, so that we are asked to imagine their inner lives. And the technicolor dream-like worlds he creates aren't as perfect as they seem. There is silent screaming, broken glass, a head pushed down on a bed, the blood-red of ketchup against a black and white floor. It's a dream that could just as easily turn into a nightmare.
Nicola Formicheti is an Italian/Japanese fashion director and editor. He is most widely known as the creative director of the French fashion house Mugller, fashion director at Uniqlo and MAC cosmetics, and most recently, artistic director of Diesel. Nicknamed Mr. Gaga because of his indispensable role in directing the international pop sensation's image, he has also contributed to almost every notable fashion magazine.
Perhaps the key to Formichetti's unprecedented success is due to his ability to discover new and unconventional approaches to his work. He broke out of the position as a fashion stylist by redefining his role and expanding his creative control in his work. He is the first stylist to take control of a major fashion house, which was interpreted as the most prominent example of a stylist becoming a power within the industry.
Working as conceptual artist, creative director, designer, film director and actress between her native Seoul and New York, Kaimin traverses different mediums as effortlessly as she crosses cultural boundaries. "My work isn't entirely intended to deliver a specific message to people, but rather it's natural extension of interests and motivations - it's closer to delivering a message to myself."
For Kaimin, the focus of her work comes in the balance of yin and yang, in creating harmony between two opposites. As the protégé of the late visionary, Nam June Paik, Kaimin directed a successful documentary of his last multimedia project, "From the fall of Berlin Wall to the DMZ." This led to her becoming the Director of Content for the Pusan International Film Festival, which through her careful selection of live performances by artists and musicians and eclectic programming choices, became one of the most influential film festivals in Asia today.
Through styling prestigious campaigns and editorials for major magazines such as Vogue, W, and Arena Homme +, Kaimin became affiliated which premier image makers in the art and fashion industry such as Terry Richardson, Ellen Von Unwerth, Steven Klein and Inez & Vinoodh. Working with these titans and immersing herself in the city's avant-garde culture left an indelible impression on Kaimin.
Despite her diverse experience, Zero Zero Project remains her most ambitious endeavour yet. "This project is meant to show the collective vision of artists without limitations or censorship from editors, the media, or our neighbors. It is made to stand on its own by breaking existing frameworks." As for the future, nothing less than a continued desire to break down boundaries and hierarchies will do. "As much as I like to communicate with people through my work, I don't expect a definitive answer. I enjoy various reactions and what matters the most is that they feel something. My hope for my work and future is simple - infinite challenges and experiments that can break and build new visions and creative empires."