Pictures have always fascinated Karl Lagerfeld. Since 1987, he has been photographing himself and produced advertising projects for leading, international magazines. His private collection of personal photos is growing at an increasing rate as well, often with images shot on his travels and strolls through Paris.
The European House of Photography in Paris is now presenting an elaborate collection of his works for the first time in the French capital. The exhibition ‘Parcour de travail’ is arranged in two parts and focuses on fashion, portraits, landscapes and architecture on one side, and experimental and innovative works on the other.
“What I marvel the most are photographers who burned themselves into the world's memory with just one picture. A picture – I prefer the word to “photograph” - which became part of the collective keepsake of society such as “The White Fence” by Paul Strand, “Blessed Art Thou Among Women” by Gertrude Kasebier or Capas' “Dying Spanish Soldier”. It also applies to more contemporary artists such as Richard Avedon and his famous picture “Dovima and the Elephants”. The fact that is is a fashion picture does not lower the quality of its creator – quite the opposite”, says Lagerfeld.
Photography is part of life and closes the circle of his artistic and professional endeavour. Paper is his favourite material: It is the origin of a drawing and the concluding result of a photograph.
The exhibition will run until the 31st of October 2010.
Karl Lagerfeld – Parcour de travail
La Maison Européenne de la Photographie
82 rue François Miron (Postal address)
5/7 rue de Fourcy (Main entrance)