Cole Sprouse is quickly becoming one of the most up-and-coming fashion photographers in the industry.
Most recently, the actor, who plays the brooding Jughead Jones on CW’s Riverdale, photographed the singer Sam Smith for the November cover of L’Uomo Vogue, in anticipation of the release of his upcoming album The Thrill of it All. For the issue, Sprouse captured the “Too Good At Goodbyes” crooner in a series of pensive shots, including an arresting black-and-white closeup for the cover.
While Sprouse’s first entered the world of photography with an experimental, often-comedic Instagram account called “camera_duels” (which documents all of the people who attempt to sneak quick photos of the actor while he’s going about his business throughout the day), the 25 year-old has been working on his professional skills for quite a while. The Sam Smith cover isn’t the first time the CW actor and former Disney star has taken on the role of fashion photographer; his images of Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner, Riverdale co-star Lili Reinhart and Kendall Jenner have also been shared widely across social media to positive reception. Even when he’s not photographing models for fashion shoots, he steadily posts personal shots from spontaneous shoots with famous friends on his other Instagram account, from Zoey Deutch to heartthrob co-star KJ Apa.
While we know Grammy-winning Sam Smith isn’t the only distinguished artist that has caught Sprouse’s eye, it’s clear that he often has one stylistic method in mind: shooting his subjects in wide open spaces. Sprouse’s penchant for fields and forests makes sense considering open natural space isn’t too hard to come by in British Columbia, where the cast of Riverdale often shoots their scenes for the show.
Sprouse has also achieved what some might consider the highest form of praise: he’s garnered the support of his twin brother, Dylan Sprouse, who commented “This is cool, brother” on his Instagram of Sam Smith. Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but nothing compares to a compliment from your identical twin.
RIP L’Uomo Vogue: A Look Back at Its Most Epic Covers, From Brad Pitt to Zayn Malik
Brad Pitt, May 2004.
Cindy Sherman, May 2009.
Justin Timberlake shot by Steven Klein, November 2002.
Kim Kardashian, July 2012.
Madonna, November 2005.
Zayn Malik, February 2016.
Prince, September 2004.
Usher, January 2011.
David Bowie, December 2000.
Kate Moss, October 2001.
Zaha Hadid, April 2016.
Nelson Mandela by Anton Corbijn, November 2008.
Justin Bieber, August 2015.
Anthony Kiedis, November 2003.
Brad Pitt by Steven Meisel, December 1997.
Daniel Day-Lewis, May 1998.
Iggy Pop, December 2011.
Michael Jackson by Bruce Weber, October 2007.
Stella and Julian Schnabel, July/August 2007.
Al Pacino, May 2008.
Josh Harnett, March 2001.
Madonna by Tom Munro, May 2014.
Sean Penn by Bruce Weber, December 1999.
Daft Punk, July 2013.
Brooklyn Beckham, July 2016.
Keith Richards, January 2009.
Joaquin Phoenix by Steven Meisel, April 2001.
Michael Pitt, May 2002.
Pedro Almodóvar, April 2017.
Sam Shepard, September 2006.
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