OFF-WHITE by Alexandre Faraci
PARIS FASHION WEEK WITH A DIFFERENT VIEW
Most of the time when you think about fashion it’s like we enter a different world. Building dream castles in form of clothes and styles – ideas that we desire to become reality, even if it’s just for a second.
The photographer we recently met looks at fashion from a different angle, probably because he isn’t a typical fashion photographer as we know them. Alexandre Faraci is more social driven – in other words: his photographs are one of a kind. They don’t picture a "perfect world“. Instead, he captures real moments, real people… real beauty. This is why we fell in love with his work at the very first glance. Even better that we could convince him to share the incredible pictures he recently took during Men’s Fashion Week in Paris – backstage and front-row at the OFF-WIHTE show.
The photos speak for themselves. Take a look and ease into a wonderful scenery – honest, true, beautiful – and so French, that you could get addicted by the natural elegance, just by watching them. We crave for this kind of beauty, and we think so do you… at least from time to time.
What does beauty mean to you?
For me, beauty is a subversive spirit, the demarcation between beauty and ugliness does not exist. Isn’t ugliness some kind of beauty? We can see that in Diane Arbus work or Susan Sontag’s writings.
Today we can witness a change in the way we recruit "models"; there are more and more models with atypical features that don’t fit in the current boxes at all. It’s all about trends and the trend kills our society.
Black and white vs. colour:
Above all else, I want to highlight the content and the model, their expression and not the color of their clothes, in that case black and white is the best option.
Thanks to black and white, we kind of disregard the clothing and we focus more on the attitude and the model’s eyes, we look for an emotion.
The perfect moment for a picture is…
You never know… sometimes we just blink, and the moment is gone… And then you blame yourself haha.
Your camera is your…
Leica M10, the best one ever!
ABOUT THE ARTIST After studying in Paris, Alexandre became Oliver Eglin’s assistant and supported him in many projects before finally going independent. In 2013 he had his work exhibited at Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts, NYC, during the “Story of the Creative” event. While highly influenced by Martin Parr’s works he began to grow more and more interested in social photography and decided to make it his main subject. From then on, Alexandre Faraci has been taking photographs of the working-class’s street habits during his many trips.
For him, photography purely brings out sociological analysis: it is a neutral look made for a free interpretation.