Celebrity fashion photographer, Roger Moenks has called NYC home for almost 20 years. Best known for his portraiture, Moenks published three books: The First Class of CLICK; Moving Still; & Inheriting Beauty, featuring 90 women from around the world at the forefront of society & industry including Roberta Armani, Delphine Arnault, Kiera Chaplin, Francesca Versace, & many more. In cooperation with Montblanc and UNICEF, Moenks photographed 12 leading actresses for a Sotheby's auction & raised a quarter of a million dollars for the charity. Moenks' work has appeared in L'Officiel, Harper's Bazaar, GQ, Interview, Visionaire, & Flaunt. He has directed music videos for Blank & Jones, commercials for Van Cleef & Arpels & Moët & Chandon, & created the documentary Shooting Milk, featuring survivors of the Andy Warhol era & including never-before-seen footage of the artist himself. In the past several years Moenks has dedicated much of his time to socially conscious causes. He produced all the images in this book and conceived of the project.
The I Am Eco-Warrior (IAEW) book started in 2009 by Roger Moenks with the intent to engage and involve a broader community in expanding the environmental dialogue. It is a collection of conversations with more than 53 global game-changers who address the environmental crisis in innovative and groundbreaking ways. IAEW comes alive with photographs from around the world, showcasing the beautiful, engaging, and enlightening work of these innovators. The in-depth interviews go far beyond the typical “What inspired you?” to reveal the inspiring and challenging stories of people who refuse to settle for anything less than world-changing innovation.
Roger Moenks: Right now or in the past people always think of environment being granola or hippyish or even snobbish. But they never really think of it like being cool or in the frontline of pop culture. How can I stylize a movement, an environmental movement and make it interesting. So this is really what I wanted to do is to create a new – a rebranding of the environmental movement using innovative global thinkers and stylize them in their homes. But very often the photo drives you to read the story behind it. So if you look at a picture and you find it attractive you’re going to read about it. So it is just another way trying to raise awareness and have people take a step back and actually try to learn about somebody.
A clean environment should not be a luxury. It should be what people’s rights are as humans.