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Lips, 2005, by Mert & Marcus.

For 20 years, the provocative photographic duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott have been startling viewers with their highly charged images of powerful women, from Björk and Charlotte Rampling to models Adriana Lima and Gisele Bündchen. Now, to celebrate their two decades of collaboration, the London-based team has partnered with auction house Phillips for their first solo show and sale: “Mert and Marcus: Works 2001-2014” brings together 18 images that will be available for purchase after exhibitions in Phillips’ galleries in London and Paris, which run through November 16.

“We are delighted to be working with Art Partner to present the first major solo exhibition of Mert & Marcus,” says Genevieve Janvrin, Phillips Head of Photographs in Europe. “In recent years, we have seen a notable increase in recognition and demand for fashion photography and this partnership allows us to present collectors with the first opportunity to acquire works by Mert & Marcus, two of the most influential artists working in this sphere.”

Two of the most iconic photographers working today, this creative duo met in 1994 in London amid the 90s London club scene and their shared love of art and photography quickly evolved into a working partnership. Their first success as a collaborative duo came in 1997 when they landed the coveted cover of Dazed & Confused and since then, their distinctive and powerful images have been featured globally in magazines, including Interview, LOVE, Vanity Fair, Vogue and W, as well as in advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Gucci, Lancôme, Louis Vuitton, Versace and Yves Saint Laurent.

Their work has been exhibited internationally, including the V&A, LondonÍž the National Portrait Gallery, LondonÍž and the New York Public Library. Visionaries and creators, Mert & Marcus have made unique contributions to the arts and continue to push the boundaries of visual language in their work.


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