year old, Cindy Crawford
was cast and photographed by Steve Landis for her first magazine
cover, 20ANS back in late July 1984 in Paris. . . . Steve met
Cindy Crawford at a small birthday party for another ELITE model,
Stephanie Seymour at the Paris restaurant CHEZ FERNAND. Steve
recalls that "It was an incredible evening if you really
think about it, here at the same table together, and all just
beginning their careers were three girls who would become the
very definition of the word supermodel, and none of them knew
it ".[Quiz who was the third future supermodel at the table?
Email your answers.] Mary Greenwell did Cindy's makeup and Guillaume
did her hair, while Isabelle Chicot styled the clothes.
For more on the story.
Landis first met Cindy Crawford, he already had an assignment
for a haircut story for 20ANS, and was just beginning his casting
and needed a total of 4 models for the job. He immediately decided
on Crawford for one of the spots. Explaining to her that he wanted
to take her to the magazine's office to introduce her to the editors,
she agreed to come along. Landis, once there with Crawford in
tow, (his French language skills only so so at the time), repeatedly
suggested, (insisted), that they allow him to do a cover try with
the future supermodel. After about 20 minutes or so, they finally
agreed, and Landis began to make the rest of the arrangements
for the shoot. He hired Mary Greenwell for make-up and Guillaume
from Mod's Hair in Paris to do the hair. Isabelle Chicot did the
fashion styling for the magazine.
The weather on the shoot day was cloudy with drizzle, but Landis
was determined not to let his opportunity slip away, so to achieve
a late afternoon sunny look, Landis decided to have assistant
Phillip Salomon hold a portable tungston light to illuminate his
model. He shot with a Mamiya RB67 camera with a 180mm lens. George
at Iconolab in Paris hand developed the Ektachrome 64 Professional
film in E-6 chemistry.
"Cindy was easy to shoot and I was very excited and pleased
with the resulting images", relates Landis.
weekly fashion magazine, Grazia often came to Paris to shoot with
various photographers. On this occasion, we had a very narrow
window of time to shoot six to eight pages plus a cover, if possible.
But we had Linda for only about four hours to do make-up
and shoot her. (If I remember correctly Linda was triple booked
that day, a show in the morning, then coming to us around one, and
after our shoot, she had to leave to finish a Christian Dior commercial
which had run overtime the day before. Needless to say, the
commercial was big money, magazine editorial fees are not.)
as it got down to the wire, she had to be out within about 10 minutes,
and she had two outfits left; the cover and another. Linda
said that she only had time for one more. I told her,
I wanted to do two rolls of 120 film ( 10 shots each) and then she
could leave, but I wanted her to change between roles. She
agreed. Both shots came out great and we finished on
time. More on Linda.
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.