Julien Martinez Leclerc’s year has been one to remember. Graduating from London College of Communication in 2017, he signed with Mini Title agency and has since produced memorable editorials for a dazzling array of titles including Vogue Italia, Arena Homme+, Pop Magazine, Luncheon Magazine, Dazed, AnOther Magazine, Another Man, Buffalo Zine, and L’Uomo Vogue, as well as commercial projects for Helmut Lang, Hermès and Bottega Veneta. It is the industry debut that most new photographers could only dream of, and yet Martinez Leclerc has a pragmatic point of view on what’s to come.
He has an imaginative and often dramatic visual style, with rich geometric black-and-white compositions and a knowing nod to some of the greats of the medium, including the otherworldly, wide-angled distortion of Bill Brandt, the characters of Josef Koudelka and the studio craft of Richard Avedon.
His early work was as unafraid of the grotesque as it was of elegance, and while his flourishing career as a fashion photographer has forced him to temper that slightly, Martinez Leclerc’s editorials are resolutely thoughtful, bold and playful, and offer an altogether different approach to fashion photography.