Sophia Loren, 'Gift from Giorgio Armani'

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© Brian Aris
Switzerland, U.K. c.2006

Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

'I was nervous shooting Sophia Loren in 2006 because I wasn’t sure how we’d communicate as I don’t speak Italian. Luckily her hairdresser could translate a bit for us. Loren was quite reserved but relaxed completely after I’d showed her a polaroid of how the shoot would be lit. When it came to the question of what she was going to wear she suddenly took me by the hand, led me into her dressing room and said, ‘Well you choose, darling.’ She pulled a black hat off a top shelf and said ‘Giorgio [Armani] made this for me, shall we use it? Of course the answer had to be yes. After we’d done the pictures I remarked on how beautiful her lavish home in Switzerland was, and to my surprise she began to dance around the room to imaginary music.' Brian Aris for the Daily Mail

Brian Aris began his photographic career as a photojournalist, working for a London agency. A series of frontline assignments took him around the world covering various humanitarian crises from Northern Ireland and Lebanon to Palestine, Africa and Vietnam. He then decided on a complete change of direction and opened a studio in London where he started photographing fashion and glamour models for newspapers and magazines. Next he turned away from the model world to concentrate on the music industry that was exploding in Britain and gradually broadened his studio work to include pop and rock stars. 

Brian Aris has covered every aspect of the music scene from punk rock, glam’ rock and straight rock ‘n’ roll to the emergence of the boy bands and then the girl power. His photography has been on show at The National Portrait Gallery in London, the prestigious Recontres D’Arles exhibition in France, and at the Royal Circle of Art in Barcelona. His archive represents one of the largest individual collections in the United Kingdom.

National Portrait Gallery
The Times
Harpers Bazaar
Wall Street International Magazine
Volta Cafe
King’s Road Rock
It’s Nice That

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