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PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE AWARDED AT HYÈRES FESTIVAL

Dutch photographer Sjoerd Knibbeler was awarded first prize in photography - valued at 15,000 euros - at the 30th International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères last night.

Over the past two years Knibbeler’s work has been concerned with aerodynamics, as he set out to capture the power of natural forces through his lens by manipulating the materials featured in his photographs. His surreal, yet undoctored images caught the attention and admiration of the jury early on. “His work was so interesting as he was photographing the wind, something that we cannot touch, and the way he used light was really beautiful”, said Photo jury president Eric Pfrunder after the presentation.

As with the fashion prize this year, the jury exceptionally created an additional prize for photography to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the festival. Greek photographer Evangelia Kranioti, whose interest in anthropology led her across the high seas, documenting the travels and intimacies of sailors around the world, was awarded 10,000 euros.

Alice Cavanagh

Photo © Sjoerd Knibbeler, Pays-Bas / Netherlands "P. 170", The Paper Planes, 2014

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KARL LAGERFELD'S MASTER CLASS AT HYÈRES FESTIVAL

Headlining a Master Class held in the framework of the 15th edition of the International Textile and Fashion Conferences at the Hyères Festival, Karl Lagerfeld stressed that, for the fashion designers of tomorrow, nothing is ever set in stone. “It all depends on what the person who sets out to become a creative, couturier or photographer really wants and is capable of,” he replied to fashion critic Godfrey Deeny, who moderated the event.

Addressing the room, and the Festival Jury, Karl Lagerfeld walked the audience through his various sources of inspiration, his career and passions, dishing out tips for the rising stars spotted at the Festival. “I draw as I photograph: quickly,” he said. “No set formula exists that one can rely on throughout one’s entire career. I’m still not sure if I was made for this career, nor where my talent comes from. I do know, however, that I never stopped improving. Today I don’t waste any time bringing my visions to life.”

For much of the class, the audience got to hear about Karl Lagerfeld’s approaches to drawing and photography. “Let’s just say that, as a couturier, I have always been interested in photography, be it film or digital… We can’t compare the two, just as it would be impossible - and pointless - to compare two life cycles,” he affirmed.

Photo by Anne Combaz

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20TH CENTURY MASTERPIECE

In 1923 Charles and Marie-Laure de Noailles commission Robert Mallet-Stevens to build - on the heights overlooking Hyères - "an infinitely practical and simple house," where everything, according to Charles de Noailles, "follows the same principle: functionality”.
Mondrian, Laurens, Lipchitz, Brancusi and Giacometti introduce works of art, Jourdain the furniture, and Guévrékian the Cubist garden. In addition to the clear, structured forms and defined contrasts, this resolutely modern avant-garde construction also reflects the rationalism movement. Boasting as many as 15 bedrooms as well as a pool and squash court, the continual addition of extensions up until 1933 transform the site into an edifice measuring some 1800m2 (19,375 square feet) dedicated to a new lifestyle approach where the body and nature, in harmony with the spirit, unite as one.

Here, in this dream resort with its white walls, a pearl protected by a lush mass of vegetation, with views over the Mediterranean and the Golden Isles, the Noailles play host to Dali, Gide, Breton, Artaud, Poulenc, Lifar, Huxley, and most of the major emerging artists of the day. Following the passing of Marie-Laure in 1970, and its acquisition by the town of Hyères, and successive restorations, the villa today, as an art center and artists’ residency, celebrates the 30th anniversary of its International Festival of Fashion & Photography.

The anniversary offers the perfect opportunity to revisit the places immortalized by Karl Lagerfeld in 1995 in a series of black and white photographs. "Timelessly modern", "vulnerable like the present instant", the Villa Noailles appears empty, altered by the passing of time and yet still imbued with almost a century's worth of encounters and artistic creations. The image freezes the poetry of the decor, ennobling the traces of time and, moving beyond a reality that can sometimes prove limiting, awakening the imagination.

Sophie Brauner

Photos by Karl Lagerfeld

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