Sante D’Orazio: Priests

Opening September 14, 2014


Unlike the provocative, supermodel-centric images that made photographer Sante D’Orazio a fashion world icon, this lesser-known series depicts art world masters as sacred leaders

In the early 2000s, D’Orazio adapted his then-signature style—a tempting combination of erotica and celebrity—to better fit with his roots in fine arts. The Brooklyn-born shutterbug, who studied with photographer Lou Bernstein and painter Philip Guston in his youth, has since successfully translated his striking black-and-white imagery for the art world. A significant project from this transition is Priests, a tongue-in-cheek series of portraits portraying prominent contemporary artists as ordained ministers. Completed in 2007, Priests features Matthew Barney, Maurizio Cattelan, George Condo, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Ed Ruscha, and others. The series was inspired by the photographer’s Catholic upbringing, and portrays modern-day makers as leaders who generate sacred objects of worship.

Press Release

Priests: Ed Ruscha, 2007
Priests: Maurizio Cattelan, 2007
Priests: Matthew Barney, 2007
Priests: Damien Hirst, 2007
Priests: Jeff Koons, 2007
Priests: George Condo and Maurizio Cattelan, 2007