Hedi Slimane Speaks: The Dior Designer Turned Photographer On “One Of The Most Personal And Intimate Projects I Have Done In Ten Years”
Man About Town, Philip Utz’s biannual men’s mag, may be Paris-based, but its next issue takes Los Angeles for its theme. And who better to steward its westward course than Parisien-turned-Angeleno Hedi Slimane? The former Dior Homme designer has spent the last several years shooting disaffected youth in L.A. Even sunny California couldn’t brighten up Slimane’s trademark moody images, shot mostly in black and white. “This issue is all about the creative or artistic community in Los Angeles, not the well-known Hollywood side, but rather the subcultures, something like a tribute to ‘indie California,’ ” Slimane told Style.com. “Brian Wilson had therefore to be on this cover, a mythical Californian figure still inspiring the punk rock scene today with vibrant bands such as Wavves or Best Coast. This issue is mostly about portraiture, from iconic artists or writers (John Baldessari, Kenneth Anger, Chris Burden, Larry Bell, Gore Vidal) to California youth.” The former Beach Boy is Slimane’s cover subject, shot in all his well-creased glory. “Brian Wilson is legendary for me,” Slimane explained. “He still embodies the ‘sound of California,’ and proved to be one of the most gifted and important musicians of the twentieth century.” The whole issue, the photographer continued, is very close to his heart. “The L.A. portfolio might be somehow one of the most personal and intimate projects I have done in ten years. The magazine is almost a complement to Anthology of a Decade [a book of his photos from 2000-2010], coming out this month.” Above and below, a few exclusive spreads from the forthcoming Slimane-filled issue of Man About Town.