There's something mysterious and sacred about the bond between mothers and daughters — something that many artists are lured to explore almost like bees to honey.
One of them is the internationally acclaimed photographer Howard Schatz, who made it his goal to capture the enticing chemistry between generations of women in a project called Models & Mothers.
"No matter where in the world a woman is from — Sweden or Senegal, Chile or China, Argentina or Austria — if she is 18 years old or so and lucky enough to be tall, thin and beautiful to the point of rarity, she has a chance of being 'discovered' and finding herself in New York City, signed with a modeling agency and doing the casting rounds in the hope of making a living," Schatz tells A Plus in an email.
Having to work on a bunch of campaigns for clients such as Ralph Lauren, Escada, Nike and others, Schatz has come across such women quite a bit.
Their life stories gave him the inspiration to embark on a 12-year-long photo series that would showcase the strength of relationship between models and their mothers, most of whom are estranged from each other by thousands of miles.
Working on "Models & Mothers," Schatz was interested in capturing not only his models' genetic resemblance, but also the way they interact with each other.
"I tell the model, 'Be your mother's daughter. No need to be a sexy fashion model,' " Schatz tells the New York Times, explaining his creative process.
Looking at his photographs, the viewer can really tap into the similarities shared by two different generations.
The photographs also beautifully reveal the connection that is inherent to a mother-daughter relationship, even a long-distance one.
"These young women, alone in a foreign land, are frequently visited by mothers. It gives me a great opportunity to create photographs that reveal heredity, aging and something more," Schatz says.
See more images from the project below.
This year, a major retrospective of Howard Schatz' work has been published, entitled, SCHATZ Images: 25 Years. It is a two volume boxed set of 32 separate projects, 830 pages and 1080 images.
All photographs in this article come from the Models & Mothers project by Howard Schatz, from the above-mentioned retrospective: Schatz Images: 25 Years, available here.