© Alex Webb, Magnum Photos for Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello

French luxury house SAINT LAURENT presents the seventh part of their Self project led by Anthony Vacarello, which provides an artistic commentary captured exclusively for the brand by six photographers. The brand held six exhibitions simultaneously (June 9-12) in six different cities. Photographer Alex Webbwho has published more than fifteen photography books, presented his work in New York, Oliver Arthurknown for her in-depth work on people and their personal and cultural identities, has presented her work in London, Harry Gruyaertknown for his photographic work on color, presented his works in Paris, Daesung Leeknown for his own conceptual approach to documentary photography playing between fiction and reality through enigmatic visualization, presented his work in Seoul, Takashi Hommawho won the 24th Ihei Kimura Photography Award for his photobook “Tokyo Suburbwas part of the Self project in Tokyo, and bird headcomposed of Song Tao and Ji Weiyu, known for digesting and applying the conceptual art way of thinking in the context of their image interpretation, presented their work in Shanghai.

© Alex Webb, Magnum Photos for Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello

The streets of the city are alive with vibrant colors, bold geometry, layers of light and movement, and rich diversity. They are dynamic meeting places where the multiple worlds of the city intersect, often in surprising and surreal ways. 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 wandered. 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

© 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

Harry Gruyaert
© 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 Last Call book. –Harry Gruyaert

Daesung Lee
© Daesung Lee, Magnum Photos guest photographer 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, which you can only see in your inner self, which 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 pictures too. I especially thank Saint Laurent and Anthony Vaccarello, artistic director and curator of the SELF 07 project for their constant support for freedom of artistic expression and creativity. – Daesung Lee

Takashi Homma
© Takashi Homma, guest photographer 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 pressure from the city of Tokyo. I used the camera obscura technique to capture and expose the Tokyo environment around us. The city and fashion are always in a one-to-one relationship. I was delighted to have the opportunity to take part in Saint Laurent’s SELF 07 organized by Anthony Vaccarello. – Takashi Homma

bird head
© 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 sense of smooth and free integration, just like the gesture of cursive writing in Chinese calligraphy. Each photograph is made up of the work which is the original photograph taken on film, without any cropping or cropping. Additionally, through the SELF 07 project curated by Anthony Vaccarello, Birdhead adopted reverse negative photographic prints in his work for the first time. The characteristics of Saint Laurent’s SELF project provide a high degree of freedom, allowing artists to transcend borders and explore the possible new resonance of art and fashion in each particular era from different perspectives. – Bird head

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