Sex and Cigarettes
Sex & Cigarettes
The photography of Daniella Midenge is the perfect symbiosis of artistic photography, erotic appeal, and an unforgettable signature style.
Strong women, accentuated by their beauty and sensuality, are the hallmark of fashion photographer Daniella Midenge. Her pictures evoke intimacy and passion, beyond the outer shell. Black-and-white or color, her photos have an incredible power of expression that draws the eye of men and women alike. Her unique style still shows the influence of photographers like Peter Lindbergh and Herb Ritts. As a woman and a model herself, Daniella Midenge is at home both behind and in front of the camera, directing, producing, doing hair and make-up, retouching—all of which she does herself. It’s no wonder she is reluctant to let others handle the processing of her photographs. Growing up in a creative family, her love of images, faces, shapes, and exotic places combined with her work as an oil painting restorer—all contributed to the many twists and turns on Midenge’s path to photography. After her first contact with a camera, she never looked back. For the first time, Daniella Midenge’s best work is collected in a single volume: one that will leave you wanting to see more.
Daniella Midenge is a completely self-taught photographer and seeker of contrasts residing in Los Angeles, having spent a number of years in Berlin.
Escaping the Nordic forests of Sweden where she grew up, she worked in oil painting restoration in Stockholm before engaging in a career as a hair and makeup artist—always having had an intense passion for colors, faces, shapes, graphics, people, drawing, painting and visual expression.
Her deep involvement in the concepts and art direction of the photo shoots increased Daniella’s strong interest in images to the point where she decided to take the camera into her own hands. Daniella landed her first magazine cover for Marie Claire, shot in New York, starring top models Candice Swanepoel and Behati Prinsloo. Soon, she was able to add other illustrious magazines to her portfolio, including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE and L’Officiel. Her client list also includes; The Edit, Swarovski, Dior, H&M to name a few.
Sex & Cigarettes is Daniella Midenge’s first photography book, showcasing her striking body of work thus far—with a few self-portraits included, of course.
"Daniella is a natural force and through her beautiful piercing eyes she sees the world from her own magical perspective that she transcends to powerful images... with her charisma she inspires the person she photographs to let go of layers and to be apart of her fantasy during that certain moment ... The photos she took of my daughter Blue are iconic."
Johan Lindeberg, New York
10 5/6 x 13 3/8 in.
Hardcover with jacket