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Lampoon, Menelik Puryear
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Fantasy, myth, dream, aspiration, illusion. Menelik Puryear shuffles some visionary assets

A silent performance, a theatrical act without a script, a dreamscape of bodies floating on the stage of life. Menelik Puryear and the dream as satisfaction of unconscious desire

Menelik Puryear for Lampoon 25 – the Transparency Issue

Title: with just one misstep – envy turns to hate

For this project we really wanted to capture something that was whimsical and fanciful, and had a touch of magic to it. Also coming from a theater background and the ever-growing conversation of authenticity I really wanted to tie in my previous experience with who I am as a photographer today.


«Travel is useful, it exercises the imagination. All the rest is disappointment and fatigue. Our journey is entirely imaginary. That is its strength. It goes from life to death. People, animals, cities, things, all are imagined. It’s a novel, just a fictitious narrative. Littre says so and he’s never wrong. And besides, in the first place, anyone can do as much. You just have to close your eyes. It’s on the other side of life.»
– Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night

Menelik Puryear

Menelik Puryear was born in New York City and raised in Brooklyn, where he still resides. He works regularly with publications such as Harpers Bazaar,  Esquire, Interview, Man About Town, L’Officiel US, Iris Covet Book ect. Menelik’s advertising clients include Greg Lauren, Saks’s 5th avenue, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Joseph Abboud, Madewell, Tata Harper, and Redken, among others.

Credits:

Photographer: Menelik Puryear @mr_puryear
Styling: Carolina Orrico @Carolinaorrico
Hair Stylist: Tiago Goya @tiagogoya
MUA: Sara Tagaloa @saratagaloa
DP: Dan Dealy @dandealy
Camera operator: Tre Johnston
Production Designer: Issac Aaron @itsisaacaaron 
Set designer: Enoch Choi @eyako_o
Producer: Devin O’Neill @devintoneill
CASTING: Chad Thompson @communa-k Charlotte Cahill as Prop Assist 
Cinematographer Dan Dealy @dandealy
Video Editor Jeff Sharpe @clarksharpe
Music by Peter Murray @petermmurray of Pour Le Sport @pourlesport 
Talents: Heaven, Casey, Ava, Athiey, Nico, Ka’Amed

Video Credits:

Photographer: Menelik Puryear @mr_puryear
Styling: Carolina Orrico @Carolinaorrico
DP: Dan Dealy @dandealy

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