Vee Speers, an Australian fine-art photographer who has lived near the infamous Rue St. Denis red-light district in Paris for 14 years, has created edgy photos that play with seduction, sensuality and femininity.
“From my window I can see the girls waiting downstairs in the doorways, and it has always fascinated me how these women display their bodies up and down the street like gaudy trinkets in a second-hand shop,“ says Speers.
“Although I created my own interpretation from historical references and old images, I primarily wanted to use the idea as a gateway to something more profound.
"The art of seduction fascinates me. I love the game — you can dress yourself up and act out a role, and that sets you free to create your own stories, your own mysteries. And it gives you power. I tried to capture all that when I photographed these women, none of whom are models, as such.
“It was also very important to me to reproduce my photographs for this series using a hand-rendered Fresson charcoal process which gives a more authentic, painterly quality to the images.”
by Vee Speers
Foreword by Karl Lagerfeld
Hardcover, 120 pages
90 photos (black & white and color)
4 music CDs
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