Photographer Maurizio Annese, styling Umberto Sannino. Maxi sweater Mohair and wool pants Kenzo
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Humans and beekeeping: a strict monarchy is a highly functional cooperative system – Maurizio Annese

Photographer Maurizio Annese visits Cascina Linterno in Milan to explore the dynamics and hierarchies among bees. In his shots, the investigation of a complex social structure becomes inspiration

Maurizio Annese shooting for Lampoon Issue 24

Even though the hive is structured as a strict monarchy, it’s foundations are provided by a highly functional cooperative system. I tried to focus on the bees point of view, even when they were not physically in front of the camera. In a way I tried to reproduce their view, both metaphorically and aesthetically. This is the reason behind the use of wide lens. The same approach was used by Umberto for the styling, his use of color and of the headgear related to the apicultural world. Bees flying all over my camera and hands

Maurizio Annese

Milan based contemporary photographer with an intimate gaze, using the language of fashion, portrait and documentary photography to engage with the human experience and generational relations.

Credits

Photography: Maurizio Annese
Styling: Umberto Sannino
Hair: Alessia Bonotto
Makeup: Angela Montorfano
Casting: Irene Manicone
Male model Marvin
Female model Margot
Photo assistant: Andrea Biancofiore
First stylist assistant: Giulia Frogioni
Second stylist assistant: Alessandra Bernasconi
Production: Ksenya Ohorodnik
Beekeeper: Mauro Veca

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