To Guys is an Italian duo of directors formed by Alex Avella and Alessandro De Leo. They met and graduated in the new academy of fine arts in Milan. After a few year of independent work, they decided to combine forces in to the duo. Their stylistic approach is inclined into surreal story telling combined with a dreamy touch. They feature often disturbing, surreal events that creates a powerful link between reality, fantasy and desire. They don’t want to be classified as genre directors as they always approach projects from a different angle.
KERRY J DEAN
PHOTOGRAPHER & DIRECTOR
Kerry studied at University of the Arts London, and began working in documentary and landscape photography, her vision was influenced by several years of travelling. Her initial body of work and first solo exhibition « The Emptiness of a Land with no Fences » was shown at the Muse Gallery London, showcasing a series of images taken in Mongolia. Moving into exploring fashion, she became interested in bridging the gap between fashion and her exhibition work. i-Sustain, a year long project for i-D magazine was shot in a variety of British landscapes, exploring the evolving relationship between fashion and sustainability; Part of the work went on to be exhibited at Mother London. Kerry’s work is often shot in the lonely isolation of remote locations, where both her subjects and her distinct use of colour, texture and light, oscillate between belonging and incongruity. Her unique aesthetic continues to evolve in moving image through her work as director.
DIRECTOR & PHOTOGRAPHER
French born Aurélien Juner is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker.Multi-talented, his expertise of the Visual Arts has brought him to work in Barcelona and Paris. He loves to mix graphic design with photography and mixed media techniques, pushing the limits of the different disciplines, exploring new ways to represent the body and to use the image a vector of communication. In addition to his commercial work as an art director and graphic designer for brands like Chanel, Hugo Boss, Guess by Marciano, Kocca, Massimo Dutti or Pepe Jeans, Aurélien has developed a body of work as a photographer and filmmaker. His first film for Chanel (Color Is An Art) lead to several other collaboration with the iconic Parisian brand (Les Rouges, Vinyl, ...) and definitely installed Aurélien as a director. His artwork and commissioned series have recently been featured on the French TV program «La mode, La mode, La mode» (Paris Premiere). He’s currently working on a photo-series around the notion of Vanity – mixing Dutch classical paintings, poetry and philosophy.
DIRECTOR & PHOTOGRAPHER
As far back as he can remember Istanbul native filmmaker/photographer Emir Eralp has possessed an unwavering passion for cinema. After an adolescence obsessively studying the form, he earned a place to study abroad at the Northwestern University in Chicago, seized the opportunity to perfect and give a structure to his already deep film culture in an attempt to follow in the footsteps of his Nouvelle Vague heroes. Upon graduation, his film selected both at the Chicago Underground and Winnipeg International Film Festivals, Eralp moved to New York with the intention of delving into the film industry, where a series of coincidences and contacts led him on a detour into the world of fashion photography. Unbeknownst to him he fell into the right places, soon working as an assistant for top fashion photographers such as David Sims, Tom Munro, Michelangelo Di Battista and Todd Selby. From this experience he came to appreciate the creative possibilities of fashion photography and grew to love the medium almost as much as he did film. The connection between narratives and fashion had been made, encouraging Eralp to forge the contemporary works he’s fast gaining a reputation for, experimenting with forms, telling vivid stories and generating complex emotions with images.
director & Photographer
Pasadena Art Center photography graduate, Thomas Lagrange kicked off his career in advertising as an art director in Paris, early on securing an editorial commission for Vogue Homme which jumpstarted a lasting and successful career. Since then Lagrange has lended his exquisite eye to French, Japanese, Russian and Chinese Vogue, Tatler Russia, M Le Monde, Numéro, and Antidote magazine. Not content with print media alone, Chloé, Dior, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Hennessy, Moët & Chandon, and Fred have also employed his talents, at the same time Thomas has built a formidable film portfolio that includes work for fashion powerhouses Chanel and Armani. His transition into live action is nothing but the natural evolution of a master of photography seeking to breath life into stunningly crafted images, a modern maestro of still life in motion.
DENIZ GAMZE ERGÜVEN
Feature film writer and director Deniz Gamze Ergüven made a name for herself with her widely acclaimed debut feature film MUSTANG, a modern, domestic meditation on unapologetically feminist motives with universal resonance. Given the filmmaker’s nomadic upbringing the international echo of the film comes as no surprise – growing up Ergüven spent time in France, Turkey, and the U.S. A cinephile and intellectual (she has a BA in literature, an MA in African History, and a degree in directing from the prestigious La Fémis in Paris), Ergüven stands at a unique intersection of perspectives to examine the place of women in society with a vigorous passion for beauty and freedom. The film played at the Toronto International Film Festival and Cannes to rave reviews, and at the latter it won the Europa Cinemas prize. Mustang beat out some stiff competition to become France’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film both at the 88th Academy Awards and Golden Globes, also leading the French Césars ceremony with 9 nominations and 4 awards, including best first film and best original scriptwriting.Such unprecedented success for a first time director is already arousing interest from the fashion and luxury industry. Deniz’s heart is undoubtedly fidel to the cinema, yet she has decided to approach the commercial world on a one project at a time basis, reserving herself for brands and people that she feels a personal connection with, which is exactly what you would expect of her…
Director and art director with a passion for fashion, Gilles has shot the behind the scenes of some of the most intriguing and foremost fashion houses of our time. His quickly rising star has afforded Gilles a unique access to brands that recognize the talent of daring up and coming professionals. His film portfolio includes work for Balenciaga, Paule K, and Max Mara as well as editorial work for Carine Roitfeld, Balmain, Harper’s Bazaar, Margiela, and Jérôme Dreyfuss. His focused lens has captured the beauty of international models such Lara Stone, Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Laura Raquel Zimmermman and Sasquia de Brauw, with doubtless many more to come.
director & Photographer
Frédéric Guelaff’s career took flight in the early 90’s when he was picked up by Yohji Yamamoto to shoot the auteur’s runway shows and capture behind the scenes of each collection, his instinctive approach to filmmaking playing a pivotal part in the fashion house’s moving image aesthetic. Chanel, Margiela, Castelbajac and Kenzo then called for collaborations, seeking out his unique sensibility behind the camera. Frédéric’s most recent work includes BTS for Annie Leibovitz’s masterful portrait campaign for Louis Vuitton, featuring icons like Angelina Jolie, Sean Connery, and Bono. His alliance with Indress has resulted in a more cinematic style of storytelling that Frédéric now brings to editorial films, commercials and branded content for Chanel, Dior, LV and Armani, amongst others.
stephanie di giusto
Director, photographer, and ESAG /Penninghen alumni, Stephanie Giusto first made her mark as in-house art director for Vanessa Bruno. A position that gave her the freedom to experiment with the visual medium, it was in this role that Stephanie was able to develop and exercise the multi-faceted approach to visual communication she continues to refine today. A true fashion film pioneer, Stephanie was one of the first to have conceived, shot, and produced films for the fashion houses, attracting cult personalities such as Lou Doillon & Kate Bosworth to the innovative new format. Stephanie’s creative trajectory evolved towards the commercial world, employing her distinctive poetic style and perspective to craft stunning films for Cartier, Levi’s, and Chloé.
Director & Photographer
The acclaimed photographer known for his distinctively painterly touch needs very little introduction. Matthew Donaldson took his tentative first steps into the business in London at age 19 and never looked back, since then affirming himself as a celebrated household name in the luxury/fashion market. More recently his work has shifted to film as a way of finding yet another creative outlet and further extend the reach of his craft into a new medium. Donaldson’s film work includes shoots for magazines such as GQ and Vogue, as well as stunning editorials for high end luxury and fashion brands like Louis Vuitton, Smythson, Loewe and Lanvin.
A rigorous training as an illusionist combined with a desire to visually manipulate the senses led Xavier Chassaing to develop original ways of combining the analog and the digital to craft technically astonishing and aesthetically arresting images. After being awarded the highest honors at Chris Milk’s festival for his video for “Zero” by Del Wire, his film “Scintillation” lit a fire of buzz online and Xavier emerged as one of the very few true innovators in his field. With his most recent work “Dry Light” he continues to be an inspiration for brands and art directors on the cutting edge the world over, all the while continuing to capture imaginations with his work for Chanel, Dior, IWC and Bvlgari.