Between 2008 and 2009, during John Galliano's fashion show, the photographer Mark Leibowitz captured all the colors and the beauty of the collections presentations' preceding moments. "Backstage" is the compilation of such photographs, which reproduce a panel of vibrating and flaming tones, with an almost choreographed movement of the frantic pré-passarele atmosphere.
Leibowitz joined what was already expected from the photograph as we know with chaos, nervousness and anxiety -- items which are spread out through moments not available to the audience.
Before moving to Los Angeles, this photographer, who came from San Francisco, have already lived between Spain and Brazil. Licensed in Economy by Stanford University, he started working at the publicity field. Fashion editorials, portfolios, interviews and many trips around the world came some time later. Many of his works are requested for big international trademarks. For example, at publicity, he worked for American Express, Dove, Colgate or Nescafe; at the fashion world, he worked for publications like Glamour, Marie Claire, teen Vogue and Cosmopolitan.
At his ongoing projects are two documentaries and the cover of the backstage of several fashion shows in New York, Milan and Paris. During it all, Mark also photographed John Galliano's ones. The prêt-à-porter of this designer was registered by his lens during the presentation of the 2008 Autumn-Winter and 2009 Spring-Summer Collections.
The result is Backstage -- an explosive mix of colors, faces and bodies, dresses and hats between the excitement of the last preparatives; a psychedelic scenery, a bridge between the seeming spontaneity of models, hairdressers and make-up artists and the captured chaos in details of a slow motion. Mark says that he always felt and liked of the energy transmitted for Galliano's backstage. And that all the thing you can capture from such varied environment is fantastic.
They are a bunch of photographs that could be mistakenly take as realistic paintings. They're a bunch of photographs that resulted on an exposition in New York, San Francisco, Miami, Cannes and London, returning to New York after all this tour.