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
New Designers 2016, London
The 31st edition of New Designers takes place over two weeks this summer. Part 1 covers textiles and fashion, costume design, jewellery and contemporary design crafts, while Part 2 will focus on furniture, product and industrial design.
Swab Art Fair 2016: Cultural Dynamics
Since its launch in 2006, Swab has become one of the most recognised international contemporary art fairs. This September, the event celebrates a decade of success.