Two weekends ago I went to Karl Lagerfeld’s newest museum exhibit at Paris’ Maison Européenne de la Photographie which chronicles his career in photography. Yes dear Karl has practically tried his hand and extended his influence to everything from short film making to photography to endorsing Diet Coke, never mind his iconic designer status at the biggest luxury houses. But believe me when I say that this is one exhibit you don’t want to miss.
The exhibit is titled Parcours de travail (Work history) and features over 300 photographs taken from the Kaiser’s first photography stint back in 1987 to present. The exhibit starts out with photographs of Versailles followed by New York City buildings and fire escapes along with some landscapes – interesting enough but where’s the fashion? And then.. voila! Rows upon rows of photo spreads from black-and-white images to Polaroid transfers and campaigns shot for Fendi and Chanel strike viewers in a way that you can’t help but be amazed by the sheer depth of great moments and famous faces Karl has captured. If you thought photography was just another one of Karl’s hobbies, think again. The man’s greatness extends well beyond the realm of design and into capturing the spirit of a moment, person or place.
Parcours de travial runs at Paris’ Maison Européenne de la Photographie until October 31st.