The French can get away with anything. Photographer Emmanuelle Brisson’s portrait series Can’t Get It Out Of My Head zeroes in on a woman whose head is enveloped in a cloud of smoke one moment, colourful pom-poms the next, and even an octopus, a watermelon, Christmas fairy lights and heaps of what looks like white flour. It could end up looking ridiculous, but instead it looks poetic.
French photographer Olivier Culmann goes around the world to snap pictures of people watching TV. His method is non-intrusive — he waits for the viewers to get into telly mode and forget he’s there before he shoots. “Television is very powerful… Some even fell asleep,” he told The Wall Street Journal’s India Real Time. Most of the telly expressions are either dazed or come with a hint of frown. Yeah, we’ve seen these faces before.
It’s at a bookstore table that we meet for the first time. Hedi Slimane is not only a photographer. After he studied literature, political science, and art history, he was a talented tailor and today is also one of the most famous fashion designers, in touch with most of the Parisian creators like YSL and Christian Dior.