Capturing The Overlooked Beauty Of The Parisian Suburbs

Last year photographer Wendy Huynh completed her degree at Central Saint Martins with a body of work dedicated to the Parisian suburbs of her youth.

The project has since evolved and Huynh has created the magazine Arcadesa participative project focusing on the fashion and culture of the suburbs.

(Photo: © Wendy Huynh/Arcades)

The project was financed by a Kickstarter campaign and Huynh was able to transform her end of year project into a real magazine, printing 300 copies.

Helped by her friends from Central Saint Martins she created the first addition featuring work by stylists Floris Bénéjam and Yeon Yo; photographers Sarah Louise Stedeford, Alyssia Lou and illustrators Honey Forestier, Héléna Kadji.

(Photo: © Wendy Huynh/Arcades)

The concept behind the magazine is to document life in the suburbs and each edition focuses on a different suburb. The first edition was on the Paris suburbs and contained interviews with young artists who grew up there, photo reports and fashion editorials.

Huynh told Konbini:

 

"I wanted to follow the typical day to day routine of those who live on the outskirts of a big city, it's where I grew up and I wanted to change perspectives on the social reality of the suburbs. When I was growing up I felt so far away from everything that was going on in Paris, even though I was only 30 minutes away from the centre by car.

When I studied in Paris I didn't dare tell my classmates that it took me an hour every day to get to the school. I wasn't ashamed of coming from the suburbs, I just wanted to be part of this central world."

 

(Photo: © Wendy Huynh/Arcades)

(Photo: © Wendy Huynh / Arcades)

(Photo: © Wendy Huynh / Arcades)

(Photo: © Wendy Huynh / Arcades)

(Photo: © Wendy Huynh / Arcades)

(Photo: © Wendy Huynh / Arcades)

(Photo:© Wendy Huynh / Arcades)

(Photo: © Wendy Huynh / Arcades)

(Photo: © Wendy Huynh / Arcades)

(Photo: © Wendy Huynh / Arcades)

(Photo: © Wendy Huynh / Arcades)

(Photo: © Wendy Huynh / Arcades)

(Photo: © Wendy Huynh / Arcades)

(Photo: © Wendy Huynh / Arcades)

(Photo: © Wendy Huynh / Arcades)

(Photo: © Wendy Huynh / Arcades)

(Photo: © Wendy Huynh / Arcades)

(Photo: © Wendy Huynh / Arcades)

(Photo: © Wendy Huynh / Arcades)

(Photo: © Wendy Huynh / Arcades)

(Photo: © Wendy Huynh / Arcades)

(Photo: © Wendy Huynh / Arcades)

You can find Arcades Magazine via the website, on Facebook and via Instagram.

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By Lise Lanot, publish on 24/01/2017