Paola Kudacki was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She graduated as a Graphic Designer at Panamericana of Art and Design in Buenos Aires. Her career has been diverse, from ballet to styling and art direction. Since an early age painting and drawing were her passion and way of expression – an output for her imagination and creativity – all of these preparing her for her ultimate profession as photographer/director.
Paola has photographed covers and portraits for Time Magazine with memorable projects including Time 100 Most Influential People and Great Performances featuring politicians, actors, musicians and CEOs. Her stylish portraiture can also be found on the cover of Elle, GQ and Paper where she has shot Beyonce, Rihanna, Chelsea Clinton and Kate Winslet, to name but a few. Other works appear in various editions of Vogue, i-D, Numero, Hercules, Office and 25 Magazine.
Paola has shot advertising campaigns for clients including YSL Skincare, Clinique, L’Oreal, Revlon, Pantene, Massimo Dutti, Michael Kors, Galleries Lafayette, H&M, Lanvin, Saks Fifth Avenue, MaxMara, Tamara Mellon and Victoria’s Secret.
Noteworthy celebrity clients include Beyoncé, Julianne Moore, Kate Hudson, Angelina Jolie, Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lady Gaga, Tina Fey, Pharrell, Amy Schumer, Miley Cyrus, Elton John, Nicole Kidman, Michael Fassbender, Alicia Keys, Lena Dunham, Kiera Knightly, Emily Blunt, FKA Twigs, Jake Gyllenhaal, Salma Hayek, Ridley Scott, Viggo Mortenssen and Jane Fonda. She has also photographed supermodels Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Carolyn Murphy, Amber Valetta, Adriana Lima and Anja Rubik over the course of her career.
Paola creates her portraits by connecting intimately with the subject to build a character and convey a story or an emotion in a single moment. Her ability to connect and attention to the smallest of details, whether the soundtrack, a piece of jewelry or even the atmosphere, has led to a seamless transition to moving image and she has most recently directed videos for Puma, Pantene, Cover Girl and H&M. Her music video for Mary Komasa shot entirely on iPhone just debuted on Nowness.
She lives in New York City, and shares her time between New York, London, Paris.
EDITORIAL The Last Magazine, Rolling Stone, GQ, Vogue Spain, Elle, 25 Magazine, Flair, Industrie, Heroine, Vamp Magazine, Allure, Paper, Garage Magazine, i-D, Porter Magazine, T Magazine, Self Magazine
ADVERTISING Wolford, Puma, Michael Kors, Lanvin, Max Mara, Giuseppe Zanotti, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent Beauty, Massimo Dutti, Nike, Juicy Couture, J. Crew, GAP