We’re excited to share the final images of MOJA Photo Labs in this year’s Cannes Film Festival! We’ve observed great professionalism and fruitful collaborations among the lab participants. Photographers, fashion designers and make-up artists coming from different countries each contributed their expertise to create a final image realizing a mutual vision.
MOJA Photo Lab 1: Sails Chong x Huiqin Peng
Huiqin Peng is more than a fashion designer. He is above all a great artist, who seeks a new way of highlighting the feminine body. He mixes European culture, by the drawing of the garment, and Chinese culture, by the choice of the motif of the frog and traditional lucky charm. This year, he invented a 3D printed top, which Sails Chong photographs on a black background, directing the light towards the face and the hand of the model. The expression is unusual. Sails wants to express what one can experience in a place like Cannes: when everybody flashes their camera without stopping, more interested in the celebrity as an object than translating what they really feel. However, sometimes, the model has only one desire: to escape the spotlight.
MOJA Photo Lab 2: Urs Recher x Danilo Forestieri
When a perfectionist photographer meets a meticulous fashion designer, it gives a bright picture. For Danilo Forestieri, the woman is like a dream, sublimated with a dress and jewels which make her a sparkling star. Eyes half-closed, Lola looks at Urs Recher, the photographer; before the shots, Urs explained what he wanted from her, then patiently waited for him to adjust the light, the focal length, and all contributes to making a good photo a perfect shot. As Urs Recher makes it a point of honor to publish authentic images without alteration, which is the case for this photo: the work performs upstream is as important as the shooting itself. Then the image, the model and the clothing appear on the screen in all brilliance of their beauty.
MOJA Photo Lab 3: Tengku Azri x Ambra Zavatta
Ambra Zavatta is a fashion designer born in Rimini, in a family of clowns, where Federico Fellini was born. We know that the filmmaker loved circus, directing movies like La Strada (1954) and The Clowns (1970). Inspired by this magical world, Ambra’s collection called Queen of noise, is a kind of rock version of the traditional world of circus. All her creations are entirely handmade, the motifs being painted directly on the fabric. She revisits the costumes of La strada (left) or Clowns (right), in tribute to the filmmaker and the family who saw her birth.
Tengku Azri went from wedding photography to fashion photography, to get his unlimited creativity. Always looking for the most original points of view, at the risk of damaging his equipment. Tengku, very inspired by the world portrayed by Ambra, revisits these ancient themes by bringing them the touch of modernity that will sublimate them.
MOJA Photo Lab 4: Eujin Goh x Didier de Radiguès x Violaine Tamara Imbert-Fairchild
If you are interested in contemporary art, you can easily find, in the photos of Didier de Radiguès, familiar lines. His inspiration comes from Rothko, Soulages, Castellani, or as here, Calder. Geometry is a major art. To live the art through sharing, photographer Didier de Radiguès reinterprets the work of the sculptor. For the MOJA Photo Lab, the Lab partners revisits the work of Didier de Radiguès. Here, artist Eujin Goh works with artist Didier de Radiguès, to recreate a photo inspired by a work of Didier, while paying tribute to the artist Calder. In this very refined universe, fashion designer Violaine Tamara Imbert-Fairchild created a very long dress for Lola. Violaine, a French designer born in Versailles, created her collection inspired by the century of the Sun King. She creates personalized models, bringing them a touch of modernity and comfort, and making each item a unique piece.
Bonus Photo Shoot: Sails Chong x Danilo Forestieri
Sails Chong is all about shooting photos. Since we had extra time left during Cannes Film Festival, why not another shooting? The last day, he teamed up with fashion designer Danilo Forestieri, and here are the results.
Looking forward to the MOJA Photo Lab next year!