Faces. Danil Golovkin
Erarta Museum presented an exhibition of iconic portrait photographs created by Danil Golovkin for Vogue, ELLE, Sobaka.ru, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, Tatler, Esquire, and other fashion magazines
One of the most sought-after photographers whose works are frequently published by the Russian glossies
60 portraits of the Russian and global celebrities, including Naomi Campbell, Annie Leibovitz, Philippe Starck, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Milla Jovovich, Boris Grebenschikov, Diana Vishnyova, Natalia Vodianova, Basta, and Aleksandr Gudkov
Pictures that tell a story and become instantly recognisable
Danil Golovkin is among the photographers most frequently published by the Russian glossy magazines, boasting collaborations with Vogue, ELLE, Sobaka.ru, and Harper’s Bazaar and cover shots for GQ, Tatler, Glamour, Esquire, and L’Officiel. Danil’s lens has captured all the key Russian media personalities, from Alyona Doletskaya, Fyodor Bondarchuk, and Teodor Currentzis to Natalia Vodianova, Sergei Polunin, and Paulina Andreyeva. Also standing to his credit are portraits of such international celebrities as Naomi Campbell, Adrien Brody, Gerard Butler, Philippe Starck, Giorgio Armani, John Galliano, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Annie Leibovitz, and Milla Jovovich. The show at Erarta features 60 of his best-known works.
Golovkin embarked on his fashion photography journey 10 years ago with a photo shoot for a special edition of ELLE magazine. Danil’s incredible efficiency and talent made his creations a fixture of the major fashion magazines. A trained graphic artist, he doesn’t simply take pictures that are in high demand with the publishing houses – rather, he comes up with unconventional looks and guises for Russia’s showbiz stars, presenting his models in new and unexpected light. The rebellious rapper Basta building a delicate house of cards, the unpredictable diva Renata Litvinova clad in an octopus dress, the comedy star Semyon Slepakov posing as René Magritte’s The Son of Man . . . Looking at Golovkin’s portraits leaves one with a feeling of having learned a bit more about these people. Perhaps this is exactly the reason why these images take social media by storm and become the iconic representations of the celebrities pictured.