Saint Laurent calls on six photographers for a new chapter in his personal project – WWD

ByDavid M. Conte

Jun 6, 2022

PICTURE PERFECT: For the seventh installment of the Self artistic project, Saint Laurent’s artistic director, Anthony Vaccarello, has invited not one but six photographers, all under the aegis of Magnum Photos.

Additionally, the exclusive artworks they created will be exhibited simultaneously in Paris, London, New York, Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai from Thursday to June 12, with the aim of “connecting the world in an intangible way”, said declared the French fashion brand.

Olivia Arthur, London-based and President of the International Photographic Cooperative, will showcase her work on how we touch, connect and relate to each other.

New Yorkers will experience the vibrancy of downtown Los Angeles’ Pinata, Flower and Fashion districts through the eyes of street photographer Alex Webb.

In Paris, it is the feeling of being between worlds that the veteran Belgian photographer Harry Gruyaert explored in the play of light, transparency and reflections inspired by his lifelong fascination with airports.

Three guests from Magnum Photos will be presented in Asia. Daesung Lee, based in Paris, will present his thoughts on the inner self following the spring 2020 COVID-19 lockdowns in Seoul.

Takahashi Homma considers the relationship between fashion and “The City” – in his case, Tokyo – and Birdhead, the duo formed by Song Tao and Ji Weiyu, juxtaposes the contours of the urban landscape, clothing and the body with natural elements to Shanghai.

Launched in 2018 during the Paris Photo fair, the Self project is an artistic commentary seen through the lens of Saint Laurent, and represents the freedom of self-expression.

Previous iterations have included films and photographs by author Bret Easton Ellis, performance artist Vanessa Beecroft, photographer Daido Moriyama, director Gaspar Noé, as well as a chapter curated by Hong Kong’s Wong Kar Wai and directed by Wing Shya.