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The Photographers Of Tomorrow Come Together Chez Alaïa


It’s been a while since Azzedine Alaïa hosted a bash, so no surprise that he had a full house on the Rue de la Verrière last night. The draw: the Paris opening of the second edition of reGENERATION2, a once-every-five-years exhibition dedicated to the great photographers of tomorrow, culled from photography schools the world over. In between greeting guests including 10 Corso Como’s Carla Sozzani, Paolo Roversi, and Rupert Everett, co-curator William Ewing noted that times have a-changed even since the last edition of the show, in 2005: “We’ve come a long way from the hunter-photographer who roams the streets looking for shots,” he said. “Theirs is a highly stylized fictional world, even when the subject matter comes from hard reality. It’s not about ‘new’ subject matter, it’s about individual visions.”

Take, for example, the dream world of Chinese student Liu XiaoFang, who Photoshops her subjects into the clouds (as in The Cloud, above), or the work of Thibault Brunet, whose shots appear lifted from a desolate Iraqi desert scape. The back story: Brunet did those without ever leaving home. “I was spending a lot of time on Grand Theft Auto when it occurred to me that I could use a virtual camera to invent a landscape,” Brunet explained.

Surveying the scene, Alaïa conceded that he had a particular preference for a few of the artists, “but it’s so hard for young photographers, I won’t say who,” he said before disappearing back into his atelier.

Photo: Liu XiaoFang / Courtesy 798 Gallery, Beijing