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Inside the Diary of a Fashion Photographer Quarantined in Paris

Julian Torres

Julian Torres. Supplied

Julian Torres is a Paris-based fashion photographer who has been a long-time contributor to Vogue Arabia. Originally from Corsica, a beautiful island off the coast of mainland France, Torres began his journey as a photographer working in cinema. During his time working on films, he photographed actors Catherine Deneuve, Kevin Costner, Kristin Scott Thomas among many others. Today, he shoots for brands like Chaumet, Van Cleef & Arpels and Boucheron along with editorials for a multitude of magazines in Europe and around the world. But his fondest memory from when he started out was when he first worked with Tunisian couturier Azzedine Alaia. “He gave me his trust,” says Torres. “I was so honored to shoot his collection. I took a real pleasure to express my vision through his creations. I’ll always feel blessed and grateful for the opportunity.”

The lockdown has been a creative outlet for artists and photographers around the world. Here are a few images which Torres took from his home in Paris with his trusted Leica SL. The images show Paris, in all its glory, albeit with not a soul in its usually bustling cobblestone streets. The moody photos have a melancholic quality to them that is impossible to ignore, a certain je ne sais quoi – that lends them their charm. It’s almost like you are there with the photographer, sitting atop his terrace, looking at the supermoon and wondering what life will really be like when all this is over. But for now, here’s a little bit of Torres’ Paris.

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