Witness the creations of the multi-talented Kaiser of fashion.
The Pinacothèque museum in Paris is currently hosting an exhibition of designer Karl Lagerfeld’s photography. The show explores the motifs and media of the legendary designer’s intensely personal approach to photography.
Lagerfeld’s areas of interest include architecture, landscapes, Paris by night, portraits and self-portraits, fashion photography, and abstracts. He seems to have a keen eye for graphic characterizations in his images as well. A couple of grand photo installations – Daphnis and Chloe and Le Voyage d’Ulysse round out the exhibition.
The designer’s first professional photographs were taken in 1987, by which time he was already established at Chanel. What began as a necessity to meet a deadline became an eventual career outlet. He expresses, “Today photography is part of my life. It completes the circle between my artistic and professional restlessness.” Apart from focusing on photography and picture composition, Lagerfeld has also dabbled with different exposure and printing techniques. For him a photograph is not merely an image, but a visual object whose identity depends on the medium in which he brings it to life.The exhibition is thus a visual journey into his full range of photographic media, including daguerreotypes, platinotypes, Polaroid transfers, resinotypes, Fresson prints, screen-prints and digital prints.
Karl Lagerfeld, A Visual Journey is on view until March 20, 2016.