New Fashion Book Features Top Celebs in the Buff

We sat down with photographer Russell James to chat about his new book, Angels ($199, pre-order here), which features 35 of the most beautiful women in the world—naked. Scroll down to read the Q&A and check out the exclusive images we got our hands on!

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Russell James

What was it like the first time you shot a nude photograph?
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I was far more nervous than she was, I can tell you that much. I love shape and form, and I was shooting a fashionable portrait and something was really screwing up the photo. I realised it was all the damn clothes. They were messing with the shape, so I asked if she would mind if we did the rest of the shots nude."

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Russell James

What’s the most exciting part about putting together a book like this?
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This particular subject, nudes, is one that I’ve become the most renowned and recognised for. I realised it was a book that I absolutely wanted to do, but I also knew the only way it would get done was if people trusted me enough to let me publish this type of nude portraiture. So, this book comes with a lot of trust, and that’s what’s cool and interesting about it for me."

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Russell James

Favourite photographers?
"Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, and Guy Bourdin are a group of photographers that I look at and revere how disciplined they were with a camera."

Major influences?
"The thing that’s influenced me the most are the landscapes and lighting I saw in northwest Australia when I was a kid. It affects everything about my photography, from the way I light to the way I address things."

You’ve shot for Victoria’s Secret for the last 15 years. What’s that been like?
"It’s been an enormous amount of fun. There’s a kind of family spirit that’s come out of it. I’ve shot for them for a long time and throughout that time, on a personal level, I’ve been through ups and downs, and they’ve always stayed through like a family and supported me."

That’s a pretty attractive family you’ve got there.
"All the kids in my family are pretty gorgeous."


Visit James' website to preorder Angels, and check out his Nomad Two Worlds project while you're at it.