A self-taught photographer, Mario Sorrenti is best known for taking some of the most enduring images of supermodel Kate Moss in the early 1990s. It was this work that caught the attention of art director Phil Bicker, leading to his first advertising commission for Calvin Klein.
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Mario Sorrenti was born in Naples, Italy, in 1971, into an artistic family. Relocating to New York at the age of ten, Sorrenti has been based in the city ever since.
Sorrenti worked as a model during his youth, and was the subject of photographs by Richard Avedon, Bruce Weber, and Steven Meisel. His earliest photographic projects were extremely personal; he assembled his black and white images of loved ones, including then- girlfriend Kate Moss, into dense diaries.
Sorrenti has since worked on editorials for Vanity Fair, Vogue and W and worked on advertising campaigns for Chanel, Prada and Max Mara. Working either in subtle black and white, or bold colour, Sorrenti’s work is defined by strong shadows and controlled lighting. He is fascinated by the image-making process and often experiments with unusual and dynamic compositions.
Sorrenti has held exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He lives and works in New York with his wife, Mary Frey, and their two children.