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 Arcades; a participative project focusing on the fashion and culture of the suburbs.
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.
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."
By Lise Lanot, publish on 24/01/2017