SELF 07 by Saint Laurent showcases the work of six world-class photographers in six world-class public spaces


Fashion and photography have long gone hand in hand as creative partners. Saint Laurent agrees. For the upcoming seventh installment of the fashion house’s SELF series, creative director Anthony Vaccarello enlisted six international Magnum-affiliated photographers to produce six distinct images that simultaneously showcase individuality, self-expression and the Saint Laurent attitude to generate societal comments. From June 9 to 12, works by Olivia Arthur, Birdhead, Harry Gruyaert, Takashi Homma, Daesung Lee and Alex Webb will be presented in outdoor exhibitions in Paris, London, New York, Tokyo, Seoul and digitally in Shanghai, places to which the respective photographer has a strong connection. The SELF art series was launched to celebrate the artists, photographers and filmmakers who embody the Saint Laurent spirit. This year’s edition will also spark conversations about the impact of each work and the legacy of its creator.

Housed in a bespoke structure, each SELF 07 work aims to seduce, educate and offer insight into the intimate creative world of its photographer. In New York, an exhibition by photographer Magnum Webb will use layers of light and movement to capture the streets of three culturally rich neighborhoods in downtown Los Angeles: the Pinata, Fashion and Flower districts. Held at Madison Square Park, the show will be open and accessible to all passers-by in the popular Live Work District. Meanwhile, Magnum Homma’s guest photographer’s exhibition in Tokyo will use the camera obscura technique to demonstrate the dynamic between fashion and the city, from Miyashita’s leafy rooftop park. In London, at Southbank’s Observation Point, photographer Magnum Arthur’s exhibition ‘So not so’ uses natural and unnatural forms to represent the physical world and the importance of touch while at Seoul’s Namsan Tower, the guest photographer Magnum Lee uses his exhibit to explore the inner self in conjunction with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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