CN: Me, it’s a bit of a corny answer. It’s not necessarily an image that is my favorite because of the visual aspect of it. But there’s one of an open suitcase with a note from Theo to Vivienne, and this one just reminds me of how this all started. Life kind of gives you those nice presents and encounters.
Have Inez and Vinoodh seen it yet? Or Theo?
VR: I’m very excited for them to see it because it’s so far away from how they take pictures. I’m curious to hear from all of my close people how they react to the pictures. Because as Christopher said, I am a very private person.
Vivienne, earlier you said, “I’m not a professional photographer,” but you’re about to be a published photographer. Do you aspire to shoot fashion photography? This is kind of a pivot moment for you when people will see your work and likely start calling you to shoot things.
VR: I always keep an open mind, I don’t restrict myself like that, but I don’t know.
Any final thoughts?
CN: When I was playing with who would be the first Study, I was really excited about sharing somebody completely new with people. I like the freshness of Vivienne’s eye. She’s somebody you may know because you’ve seen those Chanel ads, but she’s not somebody who will jump on the camera backstage at a fashion show. There’s a mystery about her. And being able to introduce a new photographic signature—because I believe she’s an extremely talented photographer. I’ve worked with many of them and when somebody has that clear of an eye, it’s really strong. You see that right off the bat. That’s super exciting for me.
VR: Usually I just show up in the morning and, you know, do my work. And then I leave in the evening, and I have absolutely no power or say or whatsoever in the edit afterwards. With this, I was transporting those couple of film rolls back to New York from wherever in the world I was as precious cargo and I was developing it then and waiting for that download link. Those two days of waiting were more exciting than a birthday and Christmas together.
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