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The very mention of fashion photography evokes the glossy, nicely composed images of beautiful models wearing dashing clothes. The trends are swiftly changing, yet still, they can be seen in commercial magazines, while the less known and more experimental ones tend to promote more conceptually elaborate approaches to fashion photography executed by burgeoning artists.
One of them is Kito Munoz, bright new hope who quickly came to fame thanks to his extraordinary creative vision. By combining various references from art history and popular culture, Munoz managed to establish peculiar and subtle narratives inhabited by unconventional and estranged bodies.
The Ingenious Kid on a Block
Kito Munoz was born in Spain in 2000. He recently just finished Artistic Baccalaureate, a specific Spanish two years academic training which prepares pupils for higher education. Munoz came to prominence together with Filip Cutic with whom he collaborated with under the pseudonym Filip y Kito. They worked as art directors, photographers, and stylists for publications like Fucking Young!, A Magazine Curated By, GQ UK and Terra Firma, as well as for various campaigns of fashion brands such as Balmain for H&M, Palomo FW16, Victor Nouman. Despite the two of them went their separate ways, Munoz continued to build his recognizable aesthetic and continued working with various musicians on press images & record sleeves which gained him a label of an established fashion and music photographer.
The Surrealist Worlds of Kito Munoz
Kito Munoz managed to conceive highly theatrical and joyful imagery centered around a different kind of gender perspective by combining surrealist, symbolist and homoerotic motifs. It seems as if the deconstruction of masculinity prevails and is accentuated by the presence of bold and fierce female figures.
Each composition is carefully staged and figures are found dazzled, entranced or puzzled by strange sensations. Finally, these sensual and colorful images could be perceived as the artists’ personal oddities and therefore are more than just usual fashion photographs; rather they are authentic and well-articulated works of art.