Collier Schorr a rencontré Paul, jeune mannequin et artiste parisien, en 2015. Pendant deux ans elle n’a cessé de le prendre en photo au sein de la maison de ses parents, dans l’intimité de sa famille, faisant ainsi l’expérience d’un espace social dans lequel le corps du modèle et l’oeil de la photographe ont appris à se connaître et à partager leurs fantasmes. D’abord publiée en un dossier dans Re Edition, cette série est présentée ici pour la première fois dans son intégralité ; photos en n.b. et en couleurs.
‘There is a common assumption about youth which is: Youth is about youth. But that isn’t really true. Youth is really about the past. Youth is not the pool that young men gaze adoringly into; it is the pool that old men gaze in, in order to measure the distance their bodies have traveled’. – Collier Schorr
Collier Schorr met Paul Hameline, a young French artist and model, in New York in 2015. A friend of friend, he came to her home for a ‘go-see’, which is when a photographer gets to see how a model looks in front of the camera. Paul’s family lives in the Marais section of Paris around the corner from the hotel Collier stays at while in Paris, so they began to meet and to make a project that lasted two years in which Collier would visit Paul at his parents’ house and take pictures and talk. The idea was for Paul and Collier to experience photography as a social space, a conversation in which his body and her eyes could try and understand each other’s fascinations and fantasies. Many of the pictures were published in Re Edition magazine. Paul’s Book expands that magazine story to form a larger piece about the way in which a photographer and model can search for some greater revelations with the simplest movements and various states of undress.