Anthology of a Decade, Europa.
Photographs by Hedi Slimane. Edited by Lionel Bovier.
120 pp., 110 black & white illustrations, 9¼x11½".
The French fashion designer Hedi Slimane (born 1968) began taking photographs long before he started making clothes, as his recent four-volume Anthology of a Decade box set revealed: “I’ve always taken pictures,” he told former Interview magazine editor Ingrid Sischy, “almost like some people take notes or write down their thoughts.” Each volume from this collector’s box set is now available for individual purchase. This volume collects Slimane’s black-and-white photographs taken in Moscow and Berlin: portraits of young men at military academies, on manoeuvers, exercising or resting, collectively or alone, as well as still lifes and snow scenes taken in both cities. This volume is revelatory both as a hitherto little-known instance of Slimane’s many talents, and as an elucidation of his work in fashion.