“ASTONISH ME!”: Alan David Tu.


Legendary Harper’s Bazaar Art Director Alexey Brodovitch would always commission photographers with the same brief; ‘Astonish me!’.
At he moment, it feels like the brief given to most photographers is ‘Can you do it like that?’.
On one level, it makes complete sense, how else do you get the third party, the client, to write a cheque without showing them existing imagery to give them an idea of what they are paying for.

But it’s also insane, the most difficult part of our business is stopping passers by.
And at this point in history, the queue to engage the public’s attention has never been longer, so the need for astonishment has never been greater.
‘Astonishing’ jumps queues, ‘different’ gets waved to the front, even ‘odd’ will get  preferential treatment.
Anyone calling the images of Scottish photographer Alan David Tu astonishing are unlikely to be sued.
It’s similar to nobody.Alan David-Tu - Purple Alan David-Tu -Nike Mercury Ad

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4 responses to “ASTONISH ME!”: Alan David Tu.

  1. Al welsh says:

    Yes brilliant! I wonder if he inspired that grace jones cut out portrait which has since been copied

  2. Al welsh says:

    I didn’t realise it was such an old thing! Just like old masters projecting tracing then painting

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