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Karl Lagerfeld's vision shown through exhibition

FashionBy Sunday World
Karl Lagerfeld's vision shown through exhibition

Karl Lagerfeld's photo exhibition showcases his true artistic flare.

The famed designer is the creative director of Chanel, Fendi and his own label, but his workload doesn't stop there. He's also a keen photographer and his snaps are being shown at Karl Lagerfeld, a Visual Journey, at art gallery Pinacothèque de Paris from today (16Oct15). Running until March 20 2016, fans will be able to see Karl's creative outlook first-hand through the pictures.

“He knows exactly what he has in the frame. There are no accidents, no surprises," Eric Pfrunder, image director of Chanel and co-curator of the event, told WWD.

“Karl has an eye. He’s not taking 300 shots. He’s doing five, maybe six. Generally, it’s the first frame that is the best. He’s very fast because he has one vision, and that’s it.”

Karl doesn't often discuss his artistic side behind the camera, but Eric was happy to divulge. He believes the fashion star follows a storytelling approach full of contrast, with deep blacks making a statement. A nude series of model Baptiste Giabiconi was shot in Rome with traditional columns and pools in the background, which Eric believes reflects Karl's contrasting perfectly.

German publisher Gerhard Steidl thinks the designer demonstrates his "great know-how" of photo techniques through this exhibition. "This is really the sense of Lagerfeld,” he added.

There's all sorts of photos to be seen, from digital prints to Polaroid transfers. Diane Kruger is one famous name to feature, with a silvery portrait of her hanging amid landscape and architectural shots. The pictures span from 1998 to this year (15), so there's plenty of variety to be seen.

Karl is busy as ever working away while the exhibition runs. He revealed he'd be turning the camera on model Cara Delevingne later this month (Oct15) to shoot the next Chanel eyewear ad before helming the brand's ready-to-wear campaign in Manhattan. “For photography, there’s a great energy in New York,” he said.

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