From Otis Chatzistefano’s article at The Berlin Agenda:

The dynamic poetry of his pictures is reminiscent of other masters of elliptically narrative imagery, such as Guy Bourdin or Helmut Newton, but the comparisons stop there, as Costa’s work suspends specific interpretations in pictorial sequences that are abstract enough to transcend their iconic power, avoiding to dictate any predetermined manipulations of viewer suggestibility via explicit storylines. Costa’s scenarios remain inconclusive, sexuality is present but its power is felt through subconscious insinuation instead than direct confrontation, while the lushness of his lighting schemes and the considered manner of his compositions confront the dark undertones from a studied distance, as if we are watching evidence of elaborate re-enactments instead of witness reports.

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