Francesco Ridolfi: Chess Portraits

The photographic masterpiece in this behind the scenes video was created by Italian photographer Francesco Ridolfi. It is a combination of period costumes, powerful makeup, inspired casting and of course meticulous  photographic work – all made into vivid portraits of 6 chess pieces – in both black and white.

As Ridolfi explains on the project website: “Often, inside each one of us, opposing drives make themselves felt and alternate within as light illuminates and shadow darkens our minds. Black and White. Good plays Evil.

Chess figures offer an opportunity to explore this dualism. They provide a set of archetypes that convey different aspects of human nature. They throw us into relief; they highlight us in shadow and light. Blacks and Whites.”

As always, you can find many more behind the scenes videos on the BTS section here on LensVid.

White Queen – Francesco Ridolfi


Dark Queen – Francesco Ridolfi


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