Moritz Schell

By on October 15, 2010

The ballet world has recently been scandalously rocked by dancer Karina Sarkissova doing a sexy set in “Weiner” magazine. (The Austrians do have a sense of humour, it seems!) Here is one image, which I think is particularly lovely:

Karina Sarkissova is lovely, but what is exciting me the most is actually the photographer, Moritz Schell. I don’t know why I don’t yet know his work, but I’m a huge fan now! Here are a couple reasons:

It seems to me that if anyone is the heir apparent to my beloved Helmut Newton, it is Moritz Schell (which is just about as fun to say as “Helmut Newton”!)

More on the actual news item which led me to this, from the

The management of the prestigious institutions says solo dancer Karina Sarkissova was axed after a series of provocative photos of her appeared in the September issue of the Austrian men’s fashion and lifestyle magazine “Wiener.”

A statement on Friday said she had already been reprimanded in May for nude shots that were taken in the opera house without permission and published in the June edition of “Penthouse.”

“She was fired on August 23 after this new publication,” Dominique Meyer, the opera’s director, said, “The ballet corps has been shocked by these new images which appeared in the sex section,” he added.

“On the cover of the magazine, you could read ‘The ballerina nude, the ballet as we love it,’” he said.

Sarkissova is an Austrian dancer of Russian origin. Born in 1983, she was trained at Russia’s famous Bolshoi Ballet and joined the Vienna Opera ballet in 2000.

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