Floria Sigismondi brings her dark aesthetic to the page and the big screen with a new book and film

The Canadian filmmaker, photographer and visual artist talks about her eye-popping new photography book, Eat the Sun, as well as her psychological horror film, The Turning.
Floria Sigismondi attends the Free The Work Launch at NeueHouse Hollywood on Oct. 17, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Getty Images for Free The Work)

In the '90s, Floria Sigismondi was one of the world's most radical music video directors. She's worked with David Bowie, the White Stripes, Justin Timberlake and Marilyn Manson. Over the past 25 years, the Canadian filmmaker, photographer and visual artist has made a career out of making pretty celebrities look a little bit weirder. Now, in an eye-popping new photography book called Eat the Sun, Sigismondi presents celebrities as you've never seen them before. She's also recently brought her aesthetic to the big screen with a psychological horror film called The Turning, which was produced by Steven Spielberg. Sigismondi joined q's Tom Power to talk about her work and why she's still attracted to the still image, despite her success directing movies and music videos.

The Turning comes out on Friday, Jan. 24. Sigismondi's new book of celebrity photos, Eat the Sun, is out now.

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