Tierra: the photographer & the artist

Inspired in part by the romantic collaboration between Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, the New York-based photographer Josh Olins and artist Conie Vallese, set out to explore the dusty Nevada desert for a beautiful new book: Tierra.  

T ierra is photographer Josh Olins's second self-published book, a romantic exploration of the Nevada desert and the female form of his seriously beautiful partner, Argentinian artist Constanza (Conie) Vallese. Bound in a sherbet pink cover, which Olins has said "feels dusty like the landscape did", the book is a dreamy photo series of arid desert scenes and curving rock formations alongside portraits of Vallese, at times nude, at times adorned in sculptural agate necklaces and looks from Givenchy's SS17 collection. It's an exquisite photo journey – Olins's images taken at dusk are languid and captivating, while Vallese's romantic charcoal drawings woven throughout the book are magical alongside the crumbling landscapes. Olins says: "Tierra is redolent of the relationship between Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe," and indeed, it's only fitting that this creative couple join forces for their art, too: the photographer is known for his soulful fashion shoots, notably the Kate Middleton portraits for British Vogue’s centenary issue, while Vallese is an accomplished painter and sculptor whose work takes an abstract view of nature and human form. The result of their collaboration is a raw and intimate glimpse into the couple's charged relationship. Heavenly!

All photographs from Tierra by Josh Olins. Tierra is produced in a limited first edition of 500 copies, designed by Jean-Baptiste Talbourdet-Napoleone. The book also comes in a special signed edition of 50 with a limited-edition print. Tierra is available at Claire de Rouen.