In a selection of images from the early 1900s, Baron Adolphe de Meyer, the first great fashion photographer, illuminates the spirit of a Japan opening to the West. This addition to the Louis Vuitton Fashion Eye collection offers a rare glimpse into the culture and society of the period, capturing the imperious beauty of natural surroundings revered by the Japanese people, as well as Japan’s architectural and artistic treasures.
Baron Adolphe de Meyer (1868-1946) was an insatiable traveller with a constant yearning for new horizons. A celebrated fashion photographer, but also an interior designer, he epitomised what it means to be a multi‑faceted artist. A member of the Photo‑Secession mentored by Alfred Stieglitz, he was a master in the art of soft focus and the staging of subjects. His outdoor shots also reveal, without paradox, his quest for crisp definition in the representation of forms. For Cecil Beaton, he was 'the Debussy of photography'.
Inspired by the House's travel heritage, the Louis Vuitton Fashion Eye collection evokes cities, regions or countries through the eyes of fashion photographers, from emerging talents to industry legends. Each title in the series features an extensive selection of large-format photographs, together with biographical information and an interview with the photographer or a critical essay. After Louis Vuitton City Guides and Travel Books, this third collection presents travel photography with a fashion perspective, as the chosen photographers all infuse their images of great cities, faraway places or dream destinations with their unique vision.