The photos are outtakes from Italian photographer Paolo Roversi’s shoot with Rihanna for ANTI.

OK, I’ll admit, normally I read “previous unseen” in a headline, and my eyes start to glaze over because it’s “previously unseen” photos of maybe an obscure photographer from the ‘60s which is interesting but not that interesting. Seeing “previously unseen” and “Rihanna” in the same sentence? Now that’s a game-changer.

Italian photographer Paolo Roversi has just released unseen photos of Rihanna, currently on display at his solo exhibition “Storie” at Milan’s Palazzo Reale for Vogue Photo Festival. On display through December 17, the photos are shot on Roversi’s 8×10 format camera that he’s used throughout his 20-year career.

Roversi met the singer when he shot a cover for i-D’s 2015 music issue, and he later shot photos for her ANTI album, creating artwork for “Bitch Better Have My Money,” “Kiss It Better,” and “Needed Me.” The photographer has also worked with big names like Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell but waxed poetic about @BadGalRiri, in particular.

“Her presence is extraordinary: how she moves, the confidence, the control over her body, the energy, the sensuality,” he told Vogue. “She’s completely aware of the power of her beauty. She’s an artist, in the very same way that a good model is also an artist, not only a pretty face.”

(But we knew that already.)

 

 

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