As a welcome surprise for Rihanna fans, Italian photographer Paolo Roversi has unveiled never-before-seen photographs of the singer leading up to her highly anticipated 2016 album ANTI.
Having first met each other in 2014, Roversi snapped Riri’s shots in his Paris studio, working with the vintage same 8 x 10 format camera he’s used for the last 20 years. The pictures in question were used for the cover of i-D’s music issue back in 2015, which marked the beginning of a close artistic relationship between the two.
In conversation with Vogue, the photographer discussed working with the singer, explaining, “She’s fantastic, a true artist. We worked in my studio for two days. Her presence is extraordinary: how she moves, the confidence, the control over her body, the energy, the sensuality. She’s completely aware of the power of her beauty. She’s an artist, in the very same way that a good model is also an artist, not only a pretty face.”
Roversi, who became known for shooting big names such as Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, recently told Vogue: “A fashion picture for me is always a portrait; in fact, it’s a double portrait, of the woman and of the dress. Voilà! That’s the right definition: a double portrait.”
For the Rihanna series, Roversi went on to shoot a series of images for her ANTI album campaign, creating single artworks for the singles, “Bitch Better Have My Money,” “Kiss It Better,” and “Needed Me.” A selection of the unpublished images is on display at the solo exhibition “Storie” at Palazzo Reale in Milan – part of the Vogue Photo Festival until December 17.
Have a look at the images above and then check out the “Work” singer’s cover shots for Vogue Paris.
- Photography: Paolo Roversi