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Michael Jackson

by Arno Bani

More than photos

It’s a story

In 1999, Michael Jackson is in his hotel room in London while he falls in love for a series of fashion pictures in Sunday Times magazine.
He asks to meet the creator of these pictures, a 23 years old French fashion photographer, called Arno BANI.

Arno BANI travels to New York to meet the pop star. Michael Jackson asks Arno something more than taking his picture, he wants him to think of his total look for ten upcoming years and to show him his suggestions later.

After that, they had several creative appointments going in New York during three months.
Arno prepares his team, composed by stylists: Maida Grégrory Boina, Jérôme Dreyfuss, make up artist Topolino and hairdressers Seb Bascle, Frédérique Lorca, Daniel Adric, Gilles Quemoun.

An appointment got fixed for a three days photo shooting in Malakoff, suburb of Paris. Huge cinema saloons got privatized and equipped for shootings.
These photos that were supposed to make the album cover of INVINCIBLE got blocked by Michael Jackson’s publishing house (record Co) because of some conflicts with him.

During 10 years and because of the contract, neither M.J nor Arno BANI weren’t authorized to show their work, as the pictures belonged to the record company (producer of the photo shootings).
10 years later, the same time that Michael Jackson passed away, the photographer was finally allowed to present their joint work with Michael Jackson.

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About Arno Bani

Autodidact and determined, Arno BANI decided to take his first photos of fashion and beauty at the age of eighteen.

He attracts the attention of Isabella Blow, the talent scout of Sunday Times.

Michael Jackson, notices his work on Sunday Times and asks him to make a series of creative portraits for his album cover.

Arno continues to collaborate with the universal fashion Press such as: Citizen K, Jalouse, The Sunday Times and so on… and artists and designers such as: Monica Belluci, Ora-ito, Xavier Veilhan, Jean Charles de Castelbajac, le duo AIR, David Guetta… He also has some cooperations with other brands such as Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Samsung, etc.

Arno creates several commercials and video clips for haute couture fashion houses such as Courrèges, or for car brands such as Nissan or Citröen, keeping his signature of minimalism and purity.

He also devotes himself on some personal projects, as for instance his latest work on cactus, with the collaboration of makeup artist Topolino, which got published in the magazine Beauty Papers.

Now at the age of 40, he continues to tell visual stories and claims the title: “image maker & storyteller”.

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Plus que des photos. Une histoire.

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