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LOUIS VUITTON on the book entitled FASHION EYE GREECE by photographer François Halard: “Famed for his photographs of interiors, François Halard sees himself as a soul hunter, capturing places which are alive and infused with the spirits of their owners. Here, he presents his very personal vision of Greece, and in particular, the island of Symi.
Classical sculptures, mineral structures and landscapes rising up from the earth fill the pages, tinted in blue tones, as if under the watchful eye of Halard’s mentor, Cy Twombly. Born in Paris to parents who were interior designers, François Halard initially made a name for himself in the world of fashion. Haute couture, ready-to-wear, still life vignettes, portraits – his photographs have been featured in magazines such as GQ, Vanity Fair, and French Vogue. But after his travels had taken him far and wide, and upon several inspirational encounters with artists, he moved away from fashion to hunt down fascinating homes and the souls of their owners. It is said that he has photographed more than 4,000 of them.
Inspired by the House's travel heritage, the Louis Vuitton Fashion Eye collection evokes cities, regions or countries through the eyes of fashion photographers, from emerging talents to industry legends. Each title in the series features an extensive selection of large-format photographs, together with biographical information and an interview with the photographer or a critical essay. After Louis Vuitton City Guides and Travel Books, this third collection presents travel photography with a fashion perspective, as the chosen photographers all infuse their images of great cities, faraway places or dream destinations with their unique vision.”
FASHION EYE GREECE – 23.6 x 30.5 cm – Photography by François Halard . Edited by Patrick Remy . Silkscreen-printed cloth binding . 96 pages with 50-100 photographs . Bilingual edition in French and English . Printed in Italy . € 50.00 . GoSee : louisvuitton.com///fashion-eye-greece
14.10.2020 show complete article
Here comes the absolute must-have magazine for the crisis! Already back in January, when the Corona virus was still some far away thing in the even farther away city of Wuhan, Max Siedentopf – artist, photographer, director and freelance art director – began constructing face masks in his London apartment using only readily available objects. Inspired by alternative masks he had seen on the Internet, the creative came up with a critical and humorous approach to the topic. Practicing self-isolation, he sculpted towers with tin cans, stitched together haute couture costumes, crafted monsters or laid traps while inventing bizarre alternatives to toilette paper or making sandals from strawberry jam. But that’s not all: He also published all of his activities on Instagram and invited followers to present their own versions of his works.
The most bizarre sculptures and weirdest scenes have now been compiled in a book at Hatje Cantz. This handy survival guide consists of different chapters that shed an ironic light on the process of getting by at home alone, whether one has chosen to isolate or has been ordered to: From “invent a new meal” to “make a painting using toothbrush” or even “balance all your beauty products” – it’s all there. His work is less about perfect aesthetics. What’s most important to him is the idea, whether he is photographing, designing or shooting a film.
He grew up in Windhoek (Namibia) and lived afterward in Berlin, LA and Amsterdam before moving to London. From 2013 to 2020, he was Creative Director at the agency KesselsKramer and became the youngest partner of the agency at only 25. He is the founder of art magazine Ordinary, which appears quarter-annually. More information and an ARTE Tracks video are available via ART ON THE BEAT by Hatje Cantz. And take a look at his website for more of his crazy projects.
Max Siedentopf ‘Home Alone Survival Guide’ (Editor: Nadine Barth, design by Max Siedentopf, English, 2020. 104 pages, 210 ills., ISBN 978-3-7757-4796-7)
07.05.2020 show complete article
‘Some Kind of Heavenly Fire’ is Maria Lax’s first monograph. Inspired by her grandfather’s book, she combines her own photography with family archive and newspaper cuttings. Using these elements, the book weaves together a delicate and ambiguous narrative about a small town with a big secret.
“I’m from a small town in Northern Finland surrounded by a vast, sparsely populated wilderness. Most pass through the town on their way someplace else without ever knowing it was a hotspot for UFO sightings in the 1960s.
Unaware of this history myself, it wasn’t until I read my grandfather’s book that I learned of the incredible stories of supernatural events, bravery and struggle against hardship in what is a largely barren land. Already suffering from dementia, he was unable to answer any of the questions I had, so I went looking for answers. I turned to the people who had seen the mysterious lights, to newspaper archives and my family’s photo albums from the era.
The UFO sightings coincided with a time of great struggle for Northern Finland. People flooded from the countryside into the cities in search of jobs, leaving abandoned houses scattered across this beautiful but harsh landscape. It’s no wonder that the UFO sightings embodied a fear of the future, the unknown and the inexorable shift in lifestyles and livelihoods going on around them. Some reacted to the mysterious lights with fear, some took them as a sign they were not alone.”
– Maria Lax
About – Maria Lax is a Finnish-born, London-based photographer and a winner of Female in Focus 2019 (Single Image category, femaleinfocus.com). Last year, Lax signed with Stem Agency and published her first photobook, Some Kind of Heavenly Fire, with Setanta Books. GoSee:
setantabooks.com//some-kind-of-heavenly-fire & maria-lax.com.
05.03.2020 show complete article