Going by his expansive portfolios, Brooklyn-born photographer Sante D'Orazio must be overwhelmed every time he peers through his view-finder. His subjects are intimidating (Mickey Rourke), sexy (Angelina Jolie), muscly (Arnie), sublime (Christy Turlington), adorable (Drew Barrymore), topless (Axl Rose) and naked (Pamela Anderson).
After studying painting and fine arts, D'Orazio worked with Lou Berstein and since 1981 – when he shot for Interview and Italian Vogue – has been shooting the famous and infamous, often half-dressed and looking saucy.
He has published a bunch of books of his photography, including one called Pam: American Icon
which is portrait after portrait of Pamela Anderson in various stages of undress. While some of the images are traditionally glossy, shiny and a little racy – there are a bunch that capture a much more sensitive feeling; a tinge of authenticity not often associated with the subject's exterior.
Sex, beauty and rock'n'roll.
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