ARC Presents: Aneta Bartos

Posted in Photography by Nathan Lee Bush on December 30, 2010

Some of the best photographers and videographers in the world walk through our doors every day. ARC Presents is our series highlighting their work on our blog.

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The fashion world is perennially obsessed with the Victorian era, and with good reason. It is a period of relative stability and economic dynamism, exactly the conditions in which fashion takes a front seat in peoples’ minds. The styles of the era – opulent details set against simple dark forms – create a fascinating tension between new and old-world values, glittering technological progress and traditional order.

A gothic gloom pervades Aneta Bartos‘ amazing fashion and fine art photography. Arranged like classical portrait paintings, the subject sprawls in muted and claustrophobic rooms. The viewer feels transported to a darker and murkier, but in many ways more beautiful and romantic, era. A Victorian stuffiness, where one can practically see the dust in the air, is unhinged by the subjects rebellious demeanor. Aneta accomplishes all this with a combination of impeccable locations, subtle lighting and film stock choice.


Nathan Lee Bush is a photographer and filmmaker in New York City. His work is on his blog and site, and on Vimeo. He’s also on Twitter.

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  1. […] And finally, on ARC’s own blog, Through The Looking Glass, we covered the newly announced entry in the mirrorless Battle Royale, the NX-11; and we highlighted the incredible moody fashion and fine art photography of Aneta Bartos. […]

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