A veteran photographer of Victoria's Secret campaigns for the past 15 years, there are few people more qualified to shoot supermodels than Russell James. Name a model who has appeared in the brand's catalogs and commercials during that time, and it's very likely that James captured her. In a new hardcover photo book titled Angels, James shoots the ladies again, but the focus this time is the female form and not the sensual underwear.

The 304-page book of black-and-white nudes features some of the biggest names in modeling, including Gisele Bundchen, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, Kendall Jenner, Adriana Lima, Karlie KlossAlessandra Ambrosio, and Rihanna.

"Simply shooting a nude photograph is easy," James told the Independent, "however, accepting the trust of a woman to be at her most vulnerable, and delivering in return a tasteful photograph that she herself can admire is extremely hard." We imagine that his reputation as a great photographer made it a little easier to get the women whom he calls "some of the most beautiful in the world" to pose for these shots. Either way, the resulting images are beautiful.

Image via Russell James
Image via Russell James
Image via Russell James
Image via Russell James

The book will be released on Oct. 15, but you can pre-order a copy today.

[via Selectism]