David PD Hyde | Vogue

Robert G. Mull

What are the driving forces behind your work?

Photography and art are my passions. My projects often deal with issues such as sustainability, diversity, society and the environment. My photographic projects have an element of inspiration that stems from social issues. I believe that we all have the responsibility to look after our planet.

What do you think should be done to tackle the lack of diversity in the photography world?

People’s attitudes toward diversity and inclusion need to change, so that there are equal opportunities for all. It’s important to have diversity not just in front of the camera but also behind it. However, society is moving in a positive direction. I was born with a disability and a few years ago it was a challenge to be open about it, but now it’s become a bit easier.

What is the toughest conversation that fashion/art should have now?

Climate change. Fashion produces around 10% of global carbon emissions and nearly 20% of wastewater. In the near future the industry should try to become carbon-neutral and focus on sustainability.

What has your work taught you about yourself?

It’s important to create photographs that are meaningful and stand the test of time.

Do you believe in the power of art to create change?

Yes. Art and photography have the power to change viewpoints. History has shown it.

What are your hopes for the future? What are you currently working on?

I’d like to take more photographs that are beautiful and meaningful. Shooting became slower and more challenging during the pandemic but I’m still creating new projects.

How did you discover PhotoVogue? From the platform to the festival, how has your collaboration with Vogue Italia developed so far?

I discovered PhotoVogue through some of the photographers from Flickr. I still remember my first collaboration with Vogue Italia, it was the group exhibition for The Many Faces of Fashion in PhotoVogue at Leica Galerie. It was the first time that my photographs were displayed in Milan at an international level. That was when I first met Alessia Glaviano, Chiara Bardelli Nonino and you in person. Since then, through PhotoVogue, we have created various beautiful projects together, including the shoot for Gucci Beauty.

How did you approach the assignment for Gucci? Could you please tell us more about the shooting with Ellie Goldstein?

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