Dutch photographer Rohn Meijer documented the supermodel era. During the 1990s, he was backstage at major fashion shows in Milan, capturing unforgettable images of the stars of the catwalk. His widely acclaimed series Dreamgirls includes the image “Linda Evangelista ‘91”, a powerful, memorable profile shot of the titular model.
It is the exquisite combination of light, colour, and focus that makes Meijer’s Dreamgirls so unique. These pieces embody the artist’s distinctive approach and stand out instantly from the mass of fashion and celebrity shots.
The brightly lit face in sharp focus juxtaposed by the gloomy, blurry background creates a powerfully dramatic effect. Meijer’s atmospheric images feel like a rare moment of calm amidst the storm of a fashion show. The photographer is able to reveal the unique, reflective, and even vulnerable character of his models.
Rohn Meijer was born in Amsterdam and grew up in the USA. He returned to Europe as a young man and worked as a ceramics designer. Later he discovered his passion for photography and, from the mid-1980s onwards, emerged as one of the most sought-after backstage photographers for major fashion shows. From Cindy Crawford to Kate Moss to Carla Bruni to Linda Evangelista to Christy Turlington to Helena Christensen to Claudia Schiffer to Naomi Campbell, Meijer took portraits of all the major players in the supermodel era. He worked for the most important designers and the most influential fashion magazines. In recent years, Meijer has made a name for himself through his experimental photography, taking old snapshots and chemically altering and distorting them. Meijer lives and works in Milan.