david_dean1Photo by of Alexei Hay (Styled by Joe Zee)

One of the great things about immense talent is that it inspires others with great talent: A virtuous cycle that cross-pollinates from music to photography to journalism to fashion to songwriting and back again. I confess I didn’t think we would see David in the Christopher Makos – Interview – Late 20th Century – Classic Rock Icononography photo mode quite so soon. But, indeed, what else for a seventeen-year-old pop god?

This image is part of a series created for Elle Magazine of some of the Season Seven Idols, in which, I believe, one can arguably conclude through objective assessment that Mr. Archuleta accomplishes the most arresting image — by a landslide.