GORGEOUS is a photography book that explores the power of beauty and its illusionary qualities. Our goal is to celebrate individuality, encourage self-expression and to inspire big dreams.
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The GORGEOUS creative team has personally curated each portrait which features some of today’s hottest LGBT artists. Each iconic image created has been designed to inspire and empower.
For many of us much of our personal inspiration has come from the iconic images we
experience in film and fashion. And just like the subjects in this book, we
too were inspired to become more, to create beautiful images. This
book is also a tribute to those images and image-makers, whether it is a
black and white still from the glamour of Hollywood or the editorial pop
from a Fashion Magazine.
Initially the GORGEOUS project grew out our fascination with today’s emerging “drag" culture and its prevailing influence on our society. Turn on your television: RuPaul’s Drag Race, Drag U (drag queen “teachers” coaching straight women to regain their power through beauty and performance). Go see live theater: Kinky Boots currently on Broadway, or La Cage aux Follies. Vintage Vogue, glam rock iconography, Diana Vreeland, and Film Noir were also inspirations in our process. GORGEOUS channels these themes and brings you our unique interpretation.
Who are the subjects?
The subjects of the book are a current diverse array of the hottest LGBT artists, Film and Television stars, gender illusionists, musicians, Vegas headliners and celebrated drag
performers. What they all have in common is a passion to create and to
transform their everyday selves into something more extraordinary….
Something GORGEOUS. Along with that burning passion, they all express a
desire to inspire others who like themselves, had someone that supported them
in their dream.
Will it have words?
The introduction will be written by the GORGEOUS creative partners who
write about their process and goals for the project. The foreword
is to be written by a notable celebrated artist. Our selected upfront and
personal Interviews from our cast have all been structured to empower and
inspire and we are truly excited to share their stories with you.
What kind of book will this be?
GORGEOUS will be a large format (10x12) portrait-oriented, hardcover coffee
table book with approximately 124 pages featuring warm black and white and
full-color photographs on high quality stock. This Kickstarter fundraising
project will cover the expenses of a 1st edition run of 1000 books. All
copies awarded via Kickstarter will be signed by the GORGEOUS creative team.
GORGEOUS creator and photographer Rob Lebow has 24+ years of
professional experience shooting commercial advertising and lifestyle
portraiture. He began his career as a photo editor assistant at Warner
Bros. Pictures and then photo editor at 20th Century Fox film studios
in Los Angeles. He has photographed campaigns for clients such as The
Weinstein Company, 20th Television, HBO, TLC, Revlon, Jafra, The
Gannett Company, Bonnier Publications, Project Angel food, Desert AIDS Project and others. He was the Director of Photography for PolyGram Films, The Cimarron Group and Crew Creative Advertising in Hollywood. He is a contributing photographer for the Coachella Valley's Going Organic Guide and lives in Palm Springs.
Creative Director Masha Kupets, is both a fine artist and an award-winning commercial designer. She has worked with major film and television clients including Bravo, HBO, FX, The Sundance Channel and others, winning Communicator, Graphis and Promax BDA awards for her campaigns. She is the founder of the LA-based boutique design studio Plastic PALMTREE, Inc., which specializes in branding and entertainment advertising. She also has extensive knowledge of book production and will supervise the design and printing process.
How can you help?
In order to complete this book, The Gorgeous Project needs to raise $22,000 to cover the remainder of our shooting production costs in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York. These funds will help us rent studio space, equipment, digital assistance, lighting assistance, wardrobe stylist, make-up and hair team and additional production expenses.
The remainder of funds will be used towards post-production costs to cover the design and printing of the book.
Thank you for your interest and generous support,
Rob & Masha
The GORGEOUS Team
Here are some behind the scenes shots of our team at work:
GORGEOUS CREW: (L to R) Dylan Gordon - digital tech, Delphina Delgadillo - creative intern, Anya Todd - creative assistant, Tara Kemp - wardrobe stylist, Masha Kupets - creative director, Michael Blackwell - PR consultant, Rob Lebow - photographer, Curtis McElhinney - lighting.
Rob & Masha shooting their Kickstater video with commercial director David Jellison.
(L) Photographer Rob Lebow (R) Laganja Estranja.
(L) Tara Kemp, April Showers, Masha Kupets (R) Rob Lebow.
Team work in action at Smashbox Studios, Culver City CA.
(L) Masha Kupets & Candis Cayne. (R) Nova Cayne, Masha Kupets, Candis Cayne and Tara Kemp have some fun with Waffle.
Musician Armen Ra shares his story with GORGEOUS PR consultant Michael Blackwell.
Rob & Masha on set.