Lesson 12

In this lesson we look at the work of Montalbetti and Campbell.

Success Criteria:

By the end of these lessons, you will have a more developed understanding of the elements of conceptual photography.

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 Montalbetti and Campbell




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Montalbetti  and Campbell

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Montalbetti and Campbell


Denis Montalbetti and Gay Campbell have been working as an artistic partnership for decades. In that time they have developed a unique approach to image making that has garnered them an international reputation for excellence. Award-winning masters of the studio and of post-production, they harness the full potential of digital technology to create images with a nonetheless timeless quality. With a practice that spans commercial, editorial and fine art, they remind us that many of the artists of the past created their greatest works to commission and for a purpose.

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What is your initial impression of Montalbetti and Campbell?
What do you notice about the way they compose images?
How do they use color?
What do you notice about the framing and the camera angle that they use?

How do they use costuming and props?
Discuss his use of Hair and Makeup to help with the storytelling process.
The video gives an indication of the size of their team. What comments can you make about this?
List some of the Pro’s and Con’s of this style in regards to the art making process.
What observations can you make about their lighting style?

What ideas has he given you that you might explore in your portfolio?



Behind the Scenes

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What are your overall thoughts about the way M&C create their portraits?

Are there elements that you particularly like/dislike?

What comments can you make about his post production processes?
What thoughts do you have about the gear and technology they use?

Explain how you can use some of the knowledge you have gained from watching his workflow.