Sam Taylor-Johnson

Second Floor (2014)

Box set edition of 50
10 Archival solvent prints on smooth FA paper in handmade cloth bound portfolio box
50.5 x 40.5cm
Frontispiece numbered, dated and signed by the artist
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In 2011, Sam Taylor-Johnson travelled to Paris to document the rarely seen private apartment of Coco Chanel. Working closely with Counter Editions, Taylor-Johnson has produced ‘Second Floor’, a limited edition set of ten photographs presented in a specially designed cloth-bound box.

Taylor-Johnson spent several days at the apartment, realising in the process that she was "taking a portrait of a really complex person through objects and furniture. It was an unexpectedly absorbing experience. I truly believe that her spirit and soul still inhabit the second floor." From the rock-crystal chandelier with camelia flower forms that appeared often in her designs, to the golden birdcage that's become a recurring theme for the fashion house, each image is suffused with the essence and style of Mademoiselle Chanel.

Please note each portfolio box is handmade by craftsmen. Delivery will be up to 14 days from placing an order.

Originally a sculptor, Sam Taylor-Johnson began working in photography, film, and video in the early 1990s. Engaging the theme of celebrity, she explores the split between being and appearance, where the line between interior and external sense of self is in conflict. Her photographs often portray well-known faces in highly choreographed and emotionally charged scenes, yet they offer a serene and compelling alternative to the more routine images of these intensively photographed individuals.

More recently Sam Taylor-Wood has turned her eye to film, with a portrait of John Lennon in ‘Nowhere Boy’, as well as directing the film version of ’Fifty Shades of Grey’. As part of her ongoing photographic practice, she embarked on a project photographing the private apartment of Coco Chanel at the iconic 31 Rue Cambon building in Paris.

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