There’s no doubt that Stéphane Coutelle’s book Shoebox Studio is a striking collection of images. Published by Damiani, Shoebox Studio features portraits of young women, all brand new to modelling, who filtered into the photographer’s small studio in Paris between 2004-2008, hoping to be discovered. Hardly speaking English, let alone French, many of the young women Coutelle encountered had yet to inhabit their newly prescribed roles of creatures of fantasy. Arresting and unflinching, this beautiful volume is an incredibly rare perspective on a population of women whose job it is to mask the very vulnerability that Coutelle uncovers.
Stéphane Coutelle: Shoebox Studio
Art Basel’s photography selection includes key voices, raising awareness of ongoing social, political and ecological questions.
Archive Gallery: Haus der Kunst, Munich
Haus der Kunst reveals a new permanent gallery dedicated to the presentation of its historical archive containing documents on the building’s architecture and history, alongside a talk with Martin Schmidl and Sabine Brantl on 8 March.