Mali Vai Washington close up with towel covering part of face
  Mali Vai Washington, Raquet 1995   Magali, Harpers Bazaar, Feb.1993  

This cover of American tennis player Mali Vai Washington,shot in the New York city daylight photo-group studio in 1995, “...we had groomer Peter Brown re-create the look of a player just ‘off the court’ with sweat droplets on his face. I decided to try using a navy towel to partially cover Mal's face, with his eyes peering out at the viewer, being the main focal point. The lightest part of a photo is where a viewers eyes are naturally drawn to, and in this case I think the utilization of black and white photography also helped create a strong image." relates Landis.

Mal Washington was and is a great athlete and human being, active in giving back to the communtiy through his foundation. He is also a courtside commentator at Grand Slam events for major television networks.







Magali, (at left), was photographed and styled by Steve Landis for this Spanish foreign edition cover of HARPER'S BAZAAR, January-Febuary 1993 issue. Carlos Marin did the make-up; Melanie Shelley the hair style. Dress designed by Nicole Miller; jewlery Martha Sturdy.

About the photographer . .
Steve Landis has travelled through many parts of the world during a career in professional photography incorporating the areas of photojournalism, fashion, beauty, and celebrity portrait photography for major publications for over 25 years.  Steve has turned his life over to Yeshua the Messiah, (Jesus the Christ) and now primarily photographs weddings, family, actor, and executive portraits.

"I have been greatly blessed during my life and give the glory and thanks to Yeshua for a renewed life of peace and joy," states Landis. 



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