Travel has always been at the heart of Louis Vuitton, which was founded as a maker of trunks in 1854. In recent years, the maison has also become known for its city guides, which offer insider tips on destinations such as London, Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong and Lisbon.
This month, the publishing arm of the luxury house has upped the ante with the release of Fashion Eye, a collection of books featuring travel photographs shot by fashion photographers. The first five titles in this special series are Miami by Guy Bourdin, Paris by Jeanloup Sieff, Shanghai by Wing Shya, California by Kourtney Roy and India by Henry Clarke.
“I wanted to avoid the typical clichés of California and portray a much more personal and intuitive survey of the place,” explains Paris-based photographer Kourtney Roy, one of the two lensmen sent on assignment by Louis Vuitton. The other, Wing Shya, used the medium of collage to portray the multifaceted beauty of Shanghai: “Collage has always been a denoting language since I was a student. Because I was born and raised in Hong Kong, everything I saw growing up was a visual mishmash, and therefore it feels like home to present images created without technical delineation.”
The titles in the series, which also includes the oeuvre of legendary photographers Guy Bourdin and Henry Clarke, may not be your average travel books, but the visually arresting pictures certainly pack a punch.
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