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FLASH TRACK: MARIO SORRENTI PHOTOGRAPHS THE BERNADETTE CORPORATION

AT 24, New York-based Mario Sorrenti is not only one of the youngest but the most controversial of the latest crop of fashion photographers. Though top magazines have called on him regularly since his 1991 debut in The Face, and Calvin Klein picked him to photograph the 1992 Obsession campaign, only his most conformist images are typically published. The often unflinchingly sexual, even raw psychic charge that infuses his precisely composed photographs can sometimes make fashion editors uneasy. But Sorrenti, conscious that the look he helped launch—a combination of the stylized vérité of Bruce Weber’s photography and the spontaneous intimacy of the snapshot—has already become something of a convention, continues to push the boundaries of the genre.

When Sorrenti entered the fashion world, it was on the other side of the lens. As a model, he appeared in numerous ads, including a Levi’s

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