Music & Visions – projects selected by Giovanni Papalia + ThePT
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Romeo Void was an American new wave/post punk band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1979. The band primarily consisted of saxophonist Benjamin Bossi, vocalist Debora Iyall, guitarist Peter Woods, and bassist Frank Zincavage. The band went through four drummers, starting with Jay Derrah and ending with Aaron Smith. The band released three albums, It’s a Condition, Benefactor and Instincts, along with one EP. They are best known for the songs “Never Say Never” and “A Girl in Trouble (Is a Temporary Thing)”; the latter became a Top 40 pop single.
The band was started at the San Francisco Art Institute by Iyall and Zincavage. They released a single on the recently formed 415 Records before recording their debut album, which has been deemed a “masterpiece of American post-punk”. The success of their second release, a 4-song EP, Never Say Never resulted in a distribution deal with Columbia Records. The band continued to release music and tour until they broke up in 1985. The members have reunited briefly over the years. Iyall has continued to pursue music as a side project. Iyall garnered acclaim as a skilled lyricist who explored themes like sexuality and alienation from a female perspective with “searing imagery”.
Alix Malka was born in the south of France – as a young stage opera singer he was struck by the magic of the visual arts that soon grew into a passion for photography, fashion, and film. He graduated with a fine art degree in Aix en Provence and completed Fashion Design at Esmod, Paris.
He worked for many years as art director beside iconic designer Thierry Mugler creating all aspects of a Haute-Couture house. He played an integral part of the House of Mugler, collaborating with numerous photographers including masters such as Helmut Newton and Richard Avedon. These inspirational collaborations played a pivotal part in fulfilling Alixʼs dream of becoming a photographer.
In 2002 he moved to New York and started his fashion photography career, quickly becoming involved with countless prestigious fashion magazines including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, Rolling Stones, Numero, The Face, I.D., and Flair…
Alix has shot a number of high-profile fashion campaigns such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, Lanvin, Nina Ricci, Barneyʼs, Harry Winston, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Guess, Uniqlo, H&M and Nike…
He is well known for his beauty images, his aesthetic and sense of details, which has allowed him to work worldwide with clients such as M.A.C.Cosmetics, Helena Rubenstein, Maybelline, L’Oreal and Pantene. He has also shot fragrance campaigns including Guess Seductive, Byblos and Areva…
Alix Malka has built a comprehensive list of celebrities over the years including Adam Levine, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion, Kesha, Sophia Loren, Jared Leto, Ashton Kutcher, Sharon Stone, Elle Fanning, Courtney Love, David Guetta, Chloe Moritz,Lindsay Lohan, Cindy Crawford, Amber Valletta, Milla Jovovitch, Stephanie Seymour, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Christian Louboutin, Laetitia Casta and Monica Bellucci…
His first exhibition was “In Fashion Photo / Art Basel 2009” followed by an exhibition in a Soho Gallery in New York 2010. Alix Malka’s images from Jean Paul Gaultier campaign entitled “Mermaids” campaign have been displayed at various museums across the United States as part of Gaultier’s exhibition “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier, from Sidewalk to Catwalk.”
His debut as a director started with ABCʼs Vogue USA Haute-Couture, this was a collaboration with Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Talley featuring Tom Ford, Madonna, and Karl Lagerfeld. He has directed commercials for such clients as Guess, Thierry Mugler perfume, and Areva perfumes….
Alix divides his time between New York, Los Angeles and Paris.