Photographer Spotlight: Estelle Hanania

Paris-born photographer Estelle Hanania has a flair for the surreal. From ivy-covered monsters galloping across an open field to small children with frowning, soot-covered faces, Hanania's images are connected by a dreamy, dangerous quality.

"[I'm attracted to] real subjects, real places, real people," Hanania told us. "But with an eccentric, crazy or poetic dimension to them. My subjects can be totally different. I love variety, and discovering new environments and people."

The "eccentric, poetic" dimension she mentions is present in both her personal and commercial work. For a Martin Margiela lookbook, for example, Hanania shot models only from the back, so there's not a single full-face view (a trippy technique befitting of the experimental Belgian brand).

Hanania already has a fantasy project fully realized in her mind for her next project. "I'd love to go and shoot a house in France, which is entirely decorated and painted by a crazy and creative man," she says. "That's my plan. Or, if I could, I would also love to photograph Christopher Walken. I've always been inspired by this actor."

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