Few issues in the world outside of those matters that are strictly life and death get as contentious as the debate about whether photography is art. For the uninitiated, this is a fearsome debate. Anoraks need to fall back, however that discussion will not be settled on this page. Instead, we look to the artistry, yes, of photographer Steven Meisel in the March 2016 cover story of Vogue Italia featuring amongst others a half dozen models at Next including Anna Cleveland (pictured), Katlin Aas, Caitie Greene, Kit Butler, Erika Linder, and Lorena Maraschi. There is an undeniable painterly aspect to these portraits, which in part is due to the obvious painted sets by set designer Mary Howard, but more than that Meisel’s direction of subjects is what makes this story come off as well as it does. Is any of this art, who can really say, but the story ought to transfix many a reader all the same.

Benn Northover, also represented by Next, provides the black & white photography (not pictured) for this story.

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Credits include: Publication, Vogue Italia N°787 March 2016; Title, “Without Borders”; Creative direction, Jason Duzansky; Photography, Steven Meisel; Black & White Photography, Benn Northover; Styling, Olivier Rizzo; Hair, Guido for Redken; Makeup, Pat McGrath for Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup; Set design, Mary Howard.

Anna Cleveland | Vogue Italia March 2016 (Photography: Steven Meisel)

Anna Cleveland | Vogue Italia March 2016 (Photography: Steven Meisel)