There is beauty in the relationship between the fashion and art industries. This week, Saint Laurent unveiled its latest Self-art series, SOI 07, which explores the relationship between fashion and art while emphasizing the core values of Saint Laurent’s design DNA, promoting freedom of expression. For his latest series, Anthony Vacarello selected six photographers to partner with to create exclusive artwork for Saint Laurent. Each photographer reveals their unique interpretation of the Saint Laurent personality. Throughout the weekend – from June 9 to 12 – the works will be presented in six different cities, from New York and Paris to London and Tokyo. Ahead high life gives a glimpse inside the photographers lens.
ALEX WEBB, NEW YORK
Photo credit: ALEX WEBB, MAGNUM PHOTOS FOR SAINT LAURENT BY ANTHONY VACCARELLO“As a street photographer, I have long been drawn to the brilliant colors, searing light and intensity of life I first encountered on the streets of Latin America and the Caribbean. So when Anthony Vaccarello asked me to photograph Los Angeles in the spirit of Saint Laurent for SELF 07, I immediately thought of three culturally rich downtown neighborhoods – the Pinata District, the Flower District and the Fashion District. District – whose deep shadows, brightly painted walls and bustling streets are reminiscent of Mexico, where I often wondered. This exhibition brings together my new work from the streets of Los Angeles in conversation with my past work from Latin America and the Caribbean,” — Alex Webb.
HARRY GRUYAERT, PARIS
Photo credit: HARRY GRUYAERT, MAGNUM PHOTOS FOR SAINT LAURENT BY ANTHONY VACCARELLO“I have always been fascinated by airports. These are places that concentrate everything that usually attracts my gaze as a photographer: the play of light, transparency and reflections, the superimposition effects that create a loss of bearings and give this very strong impression of being between two worlds. And then there are the signs – arrows, numbers, letters – that mark out the frame. I have always liked the vocabulary of signage. When I was invited by Anthony Vaccarello to participate in SELF 07 for Saint Laurent, I immediately thought it would be interesting to shoot in this setting and associate these images with some of those I had made. before and which are collected in the book Last call», – Harry Gruyaert.
OLIVIA ARTHUR, LONDON
Photo credit: OLIVIA ARTHUR, MAGNUM PHOTOS FOR SAINT LAURENT BY ANTHONY VACCARELLO“So not so” is a series that explores the human relationship with our body, our own physicality and the importance of touch and connection. Working with Anthony Vaccarello’s designs for Saint Laurent SELF 07, with movement, interaction and play, I sought to show how we touch, connect and relate to each other. An exploration of the physical world in natural and unnatural forms is also essential for me to show the limits of our physicality. Our virtual worlds have become a real reality, and as technology advances, we need to remember the hard feel of a hand on a wall or the clatter of pebbles falling on top of each other. Incorporating elements of pretend and play, the real sometimes becomes surreal. And as bodies and heads blend in and out of the spaces around them, it is also meant to serve as a reminder of both our strength and our fragility,” — Olivia Arthur.
DAESUNG LEE, SEOUL
Photo credit: DAESUNG LEE, GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER OF MAGNUM PHOTOS FOR SAINT LAURENT BY ANTHONY VACCARELLO“Spring 2020 was surreal but real. The whole world stopped. No one could easily describe such a feeling in words. Ironically, nature came alive and came back to us once we stopped being indoors. Nature has given us all the senses forgotten. The sky was so blue, more than ever, the birds were singing so loudly outside my apartment window, and the leaves of the trees in the streets were greener than ever. It was such a surreal experience. Since then, I no longer see the world in the same way. In the meantime, I often had to escape to an imaginary nature in my mind to endure the uncertain future. It was a strange spring. I tried to visualize this strange experience during confinement. An imaginary nature that you can only see in your inner self, that you can only feel in your own senses. We all lived in our own universe at that time. The SELF project was a unique, exciting and challenging opportunity to explore and express my inner self in visuality. I hope you can find yourself in these images too,” — Daesung Lee.
TAKASHI HOMMA, TOKYO
Photo credit: TAKASHI HOMMA, GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER OF MAGNUM PHOTOS FOR SAINT LAURENT BY ANTHONY VACCARELLO“The city and fashion – we live in a huge city called Tokyo. We, dressed in clothes, live and act in the environment of Tokyo. Our actions are indeed constrained and guided by the pressure of the city of Tokyo. J used the camera obscura technique to capture and expose the Tokyo environment around us. The city and fashion are always in a one-on-one relationship. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in Saint Laurent’s SELF 07 organized by Anthony Vaccarello”, — Takashi Homma.
BIRD’S HEAD, SHANGHAI
Photo credit: BIRDHEAD, MAGNUM PHOTOS GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER FOR SAINT LAURENT BY ANTHONY VACCARELLO“This collaboration is based on the photographic matrix format – the signature style in ‘Birdhead World’. Inspired by the harmonic and symbiotic relationship between species that exists in nature, the work shows the tangible connection between the photographs. The general outline aligns the cityscape, clothing and body with natural elements like clouds, trees and stones.This outline, combined with the structure of different blocks of light and shadow, creates a feeling of fluid integration and free, just like the gesture of cursive writing in Chinese calligraphy. Each photograph consists of the work which is the original photograph taken on film, without any cropping or cropping. Moreover, thanks to the SELF 07 project organized by Anthony Vaccarello, Birdhead first adopted reverse negative photographic prints in his work.
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